Washington Capitals leave it late to beat Isles but look good doing it

The Washington Capitals (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
The Washington Capitals (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

Just how good did the Washington Capitals look on Tuesday?

Sporting their brand new and incredibly clean and fresh third uniforms, the Washington Capitals left it late to beat the New York Islanders in a big East Division showdown but, boy, did they look good doing it.

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Since adidas came on board with the NHL a few years ago as their uniform supplier, it has been common to see franchises kitted out in alternate jerseys, third jerseys and Reverse Retro Jerseys were introduced for this season. Well, the Capitals revealed their brand new third jersey earlier this week and it made its debut last night.

And, wow, the Capitals didn’t half look good sporting their new look which features a big white W on the front of a dark blue jersey with three red stars above it, while the red and white trim on the sleeves and on the hem of the jersey, coupled with dark blue pants and dark blue socks with red and white trim, just completes what is an incredibly sleek look.

Washington Capitals look mighty fine in new jerseys while taking down Isles

The new jerseys are certainly up there among the best in the NHL, and they also proved a good luck charm for the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night as they beat the New York Islanders in what was a huge win in the stacked East Division. Granted, the victory didn’t come without cost as both Nicklas Backstrom and Lars Eller suffered apparent head injuries and both eventually left the game. Head Coach Peter Laviolette will be hoping that Backstrom and Eller aren’t out too long given that he’s already without Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and Ilya Samsonov who are all on the NHL’s COVID-19 Protocol list.

However, last night was still a big, big win for the Capitals who struck first midway through the first period when John Carlson converted on the power play who latched on to a loose puck before scooping it past Islanders netminder Semyon Varlamov. New York did hit back though as defenseman Noah Dobson made it a tied game soon after, before Mathew Barzal picked up a loose puck in the second period and displayed his slick hands to move the puck to his backhand and lift it over Capitals goalie Vitek Vanecek.

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Daniel Sprong #10 of the Washington Capitals. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

Daniel Sprong’s first goal of the year made it a tied game once again at the end of the second period and, with the contest seemingly heading to Overtime, the Capitals had other ideas as Justin Schultz, who signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Caps in the offseason, carried the puck into the zone before dishing it to Garnet Hathaway, getting it back and then ripping a wrister past Varlamov for the go-ahead goal.

It was a huge moment for the Washington Capitals who are now 4-0-3 on the year and currently sit atop the East Division, and they are only going to get better once they get all of their stars back which is a scary thought for the rest of that division. We all know that Head Coach Peter Laviolette has a habit of taking teams on deep runs in his first year, and this roster is setup to certainly succeed this year.

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And, as was the case last night, if the Washington Capitals are going to enjoy success this season and help the likes of Ovechkin to add a second Stanley Cup ring to his collection, then they will do so looking mighty fine in those stunning new Third jerseys, which will be worn at least six more times this year and it could even be adopted on a more regular basis in the postseason if it brings this team luck as it did last night. And we are all in for seeing more of those beautiful uniforms.