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Islanders down Caps in OT, clinch playoff spot

The Islanders clinched a playoff berth last night, after beating the Presidents’ Trophy winning Washington Capitals 4-3 in overtime. It was quite the game, and honestly Christopher Gibson was spectacular. Considering, it was his first NHL start, making 29 saves for the Islanders (44-26-9), who will be in the playoffs for the third time in four years.

“He played extremely well for us,” coach Jack Capuano said of Gibson, who was recalled from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis Monday after Berube sustained a lower body injury. “It just shows the confidence and poise that he has. He gave us a chance to win the game, and he was our best player tonight.”

Although, the Capitals did not go easy on him whatsoever. Alex Ovechkin netted two goals and T.J. Oshie had one for Washington (55-18-6). Braden Holtby made 23 saves in his 64th game. He still remains two wins shy of passing Martin Brodeur (48) for the most wins in a season. The Caps have three games left.

The Islanders needed two points against the Capitals or a Boston Bruins loss against the Carolina Hurricanes, and they got both.

Scoring Summary:

Islanders – 4

13:43 / 2nd – J. Tavares (31) from T. Hickey (12), K. Okposo (40)

08:40 / 3rd – K. Okposo (22) from J. Tavares (35), F. Nielsen (32)

10:25 / 3rd – A. Lee (15) from N. Leddy (35), R. Strome (19)

02:13 / OT – T. Hickey (6) from J. Tavares (36), R. Strome (20)

Capitals – 3

04:29 / 1st – A. Ovechkin (46) from T. Oshie (23), M. Johansson (27)

01:15 / 3rd – T. Oshie (26) from M. Johansson (28), J. Carlson (28)

06:56 / 3rd – A. Ovechkin (47) from T. Oshie (24), M. Johansson (29)

Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom missed his third consecutive game due to an upper-body injury.

Islanders defenseman Brian Strait sustained an upper-body injury and did not play after the second period.

Coleton MacDonald
The Founder of Weliveforhockey.com
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