Laviolette is typically tightlipped about injuries, and he was again with Ovechkin, who appeared to pull up late in regulation. He did not take a shift in OT. "I don't even know what's wrong," Laviolette said right after the game. "I know that he wasn't available." #Caps
Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said he had no info on what happened to Alex Ovechkin late in game other than he was unavailable. Ovechkin pulled up in neutral zone, dumped puck in and left with 2:49 left in regulation. Did not play after that.
Ilya Samsonov made 26 saves through 65 minutes and denied two shootout attempts as the @Capitals (30-13-4, 64 points) moved one point ahead of the Islanders (29-13-5, 63 points) atop the tightly-contested MassMutual East Division standings. #NHLStats
Ilya Samsonov stopped all 26 shots against the Islanders, earning his third career shutout. Samsonov improves to 12-3-1 on the season. Samsonov is the only goaltender in the NHL this season with at least 15 starts and fewer than four losses.