Capitals 2, Islanders 5
Scoresheet - Wash Post
Bad penalties and a weak power play. The Capitals may have new jerseys and new faces, but it's the same old story. The New York Islanders waltz into the Verizon Center and beat the Capitals in glorious High Definition. The Caps tried a comeback late in the third, but the Isles were quick to answer and the home town faithful were quick to the exits.
Alex Ovechkin scored a beautiful one timer from Joe Motzko and Tomas Fleischmann stuck in a beautiful feed from Nick Backstrom from behind the net. Besides that, the Caps couldn't score (or get many shots) on the power play and the penalty kill was porous.
Olie Kolzig looked like he might be trying too hard. This entire team seems to be trying to hard to make it work. With three losses I can imagine the tension is going to rise. The one thing I kept thinking watching the game was the Caps really don't have a hitter. It looked like the Islanders had free range.
The Caps need to fix whatever is broke before the Penguins come to town Saturday night. They will be facing a much more powerful offense and the defense has to be ship shape. But they have to be able to score too.