What to say? The Capitals were unable to get the puck out of their own zone. Their forecheck was rather atrocious and with key players like Semin, Ovechkin, Laich, Backstrom, and mostly Green, they should have dominated the game. The Islanders played with a fury and tenacity that can only be described as quasi playoffish. I know its only the beginning of the season, but perhaps Bruce Boudreau (Capitals coach) should do some line work regarding time of shifts and players. I can say that the backup goalie for the capitals was superb without much help from his d-line (Green included).
The Capitals won the game (thanks to Ovechkin, and increasing their PP percentage to 2-16), the Islanders played harder and in my opinion better, but in the end, this was game of back-up goalies, and the less experienced one prevailed.