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Capitals 6, Islanders 2

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders preseason is over.

The Islanders ended the exhibition season 2-6-0 Sunday, following a 6-2 loss to the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center.

Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo scored for the Islanders, but an early deficit, a four-assist night from Evgeny Kuznetsov and the Capitals power play proved too much to overcome in the final tune-up game.

“You can learn from every game,” Thomas Greiss said. “Even though it wasn’t pretty, it’s a good thing to learn from and improve for the regular season.”

The Islanders found themselves in an early hole, as the Capitals scored three goals in a 2:30 span. T.J. Oshie opened the scoring at 4:40, while Jay Beagle and Jason Chimera scored goals 36 seconds apart, putting Washington ahead 3-0 by t 7:10 mark.

Oshie’s goal came off a cross-crease feed from Kuznetsov, while Beagle beat Greiss with a high wrister far side. Chimera posted up in front of Greiss, before tipping home a Kuznetsov try. Beagle and Chimera’s quick strikes caused Doug Weight – acting as the Islanders head coach – to use his timeout.

The Islanders cut into the Capitals lead in the second period, as Bailey deflected a Kevin Czuczman point shot past Braden Holtby at 8:27. Bailey’s goal gave the Islanders some jump, but John Carlson – who also had a four-point night – reestablished the three-goal lead with a power-play goal at 12:50.

The Capitals power play caught fire shortly after, as Alex Ovechkin scored the first of his two goals – both with the man advantage – at 18:15 of the second period. Ovechkin scored his second at 9:20 of the third period, beating Stephon Williams high, short side.

Okposo scored a late goal for the Islanders, working a Frans Nielsen feed from his backhand to his forehand before beating Holtby upstairs.

Holtby finished the game with 22 saves. Greiss made 13 saves in two periods of work for the Islanders, while Williams stopped seven-of-eight shots in the third.

The Islanders are taking training camp to Annapolis, MD, before opening their season Friday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at Barclays Center. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m.

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