Despite never playing an NHL game, Brent Johnson suggested rookie goalie Vitek Vanecek should replace Braden Holtby for Game 3 to spark the struggling Capitals.
Capitals remain in the dark on the status of injured center Nicklas Backstrom after he missed Game 2 of a first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Islanders with a concussion.
Long after Brock Nelson scored on a breakaway to restore the New York Islanders' lead, he and his teammates hemmed the Washington Capitals in their zone for a long shift that can wear an opponent down. Then Cal Clutterbuck tipped Jean-Gabriel Pageau's shot past Braden Holtby to break the Capitals' will. It was the kind of sequence that coach Barry Trotz beamed at and was on display two years ago when he led Washington to the Stanley Cup.