The New York Islanders wrapped up their home preseason schedule with a 3-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Monday night at Barclays Center.
Kirill Petrov put the Islanders on the board late in the third, but it was not enough to get the Islanders out of an 0-2 hole in what was a tight-checking, physical contest.
“I thought we had some pretty good jump for the most part. It was one of those games, there wasn’t much for two periods,” head coach Jack Capuano said. “In the third period it opened up a little bit more. It was a pretty tight game.”
While no points were on the line, the loss was potentially costly for the Islanders, as defenseman Thomas Hickey left the game with an upper-body injury and did not return. Capuano said he did not have an update on Hickey after the game.
“He’ll see the doctors Tuesday and then we’ll figure it out,” Capuano said.
After a scoreless first period, Sean Collins put the Capitals up 1-0 2:48 into the middle frame, converting a backhand past Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss. Andre Burakovsky’s power-play goal – a wrister through Greiss’ five-hole at 7:39 of the third – held up as the eventual winner.
Petrov broke Washington’s shutout bid with 1:51 to play in the third, taking a Michael Dal Colle feed in tight before beating Justin Peters stick side. Petrov’s goal came with the Islanders net empty, but Karl Alzner took advantage of the yawning cage and restored the two-goal lead less than a minute later.
“We gained a little momentum when we pulled the goalie, we just had another turnover,” Capuano said. “At the end of the day this is what preseason is about, just trying to work on your game and fine-tune it.”
Greiss stopped 22-of-24 shots in the loss, while Peters (10 saves) and Philipp Grubauer (13 saves) split the win for the Capitals.
“It was a little sloppy [Monday],” Josh Bailey said. “I thought we played at times and played poorly at times. You try and build on the positives, touch on the things we need to work on and we have a lot of time to do that over the next week-and-a-half.”
The loss dropped the Islanders preseason record to 2-5-0. The Islanders wrap up their preseason schedule on Sunday evening in Washington. The game will be broadcast on MSG+ and NHL Network Puck drop is at 5 p.m.