Originally written on Rock the Red  |  Last updated 10/22/14

WASHINGTON - JANUARY 15: Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals warms up before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Verizon Center on January 15, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
The Caps gave New York's top line a chance, and they capitalized. (CBS) The Washington Capitals came crashing back to earth on Saturday, getting beat down by the New York Islanders in Uniondale by a 5-2 score.  The Caps tied the game twice after the Isles took the lead – on goals from Joel Ward and Nicklas Backstrom, respectively, - but fell apart after Backstrom’s goal and were outscored by three goals in the final ten minutes of the game.  Phllipp Grubauer made 40 saves on 45 shots during his first NHL start, but his excellent play was not enough as Washington fell to 10-12-1. Washington took themselves out of this game in depressing fashion today.  After tying the game in the third period on a great goal from Backstrom, they took back-to-back double minors, which crushed their momentum and allowed John Tavares and his power play to rack up quality chance after quality chance.  The numbers speak for themselves – Washington has not lost a game this year in which they ar...
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