Shutout for Nabokov as Islanders top Capitals 1-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 4, 2014 at 11:38 pm •  Published: February 4, 2014
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"It's not acceptable, the way we played tonight. That's for sure," Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom said.

Washington's Eric Fehr hit the right post in the first period, not long before teammate Brouwer's frustrating misfire. New York's Cal Clutterbuck hit the intersection of the crossbar and right post on a short-handed attempt midway through the second, and teammate Kyle Okposo put one off the right post later in the period. The Islanders were granted a rare short-handed penalty shot in the third period, but Michael Grabner's attempt was saved by Neuvirth.

Most significantly, the Capitals' talented power play went 0 for 6. Alex Ovechkin had three shots on goal for the game, with four other attempts blocked.

Washington coach Adam Oates said perhaps his team had "a little fatigue" and that veteran players need to stop taking unnecessary penalties. He also noted it wasn't the greatest performance by the Islanders.

"I don't think they executed, either," Oates said. "Both power plays were pretty ineffective."

NOTES: Capitals D John Carlson played in his 271st consecutive game, tying Calle Johansson for the longest streak by a defenseman in franchise history. ... Washington D Mike Green missed his third consecutive game with a concussion, and LW Aaron Volpatti sat out with an upper-body injury.

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