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Capitals take on Islanders, make first visit to UBS Arena

The Washington Capitals are in Elmont, New York to play their first ever game against the New York Islanders in the brand new UBS Arena.

Shortly before the puck drop, Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan was forced to make a series of roster changes due to COVID-19. Conor Sheary will not fit while John Carlson has been cleared and will play.

Vitek Vanecek will get the start for the Capitals while Semyon Varlamov will start in goal for the Islands.

The game is on NBC Sports Washington.

The boys are pumped.

The Capitals haven’t played in four days, so there’s a lot of frisky energy here.

Happy 21st birthday to the best Connor Mc in the league

Tom Wilson scores on a purdy shot to make it 1-0 WSH

It’s Wilson’s 10th goal of the season and his first since December 6, 2021. Aliaksei Protas registered the first assist.

TJ Oshie is injured and will not return.

Details here:

TJ Oshie quits Islanders game early in first period with upper body injury

Alex Ovechkin scores the empty net.

The Capitals beat the Islanders 2-0. Garnet Hathaway, Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson all had crucial shooting blocks to help seal the win with the Islanders goalie retired.

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