WASHINGTON — Daniel Sprong didn't make the crowd wait long for something to cheer about in the first NHL game with fans in Washington in over 400 days, and the Capitals kept the good vibrations going to finish off a mini three-game sweep of the New York Islanders. Sprong scored 1:29 in for his third goal in two games in place of injured captain Alex Ovechkin , Vitek Vanecek made 18 saves and the Capitals shut out the Islanders 1-0 on Tuesday night to win their first home game with fans since March 4, 2020. It was worth the wait for the 2,133 in attendance who saw their team reclaim first place in the neck-and-neck East Division. "Even 2,000 fans makes a big difference," winger Tom Wilson said. "It felt like your first NHL game all over again. There's no words to describe what it feels like to have the fans back in the rink." Sprong continues to make the most of his opportunity to fill in on the top line for Ovechkin, who missed a second consecutive game with a lower-body injury. Despite playing again without Ovechkin and injured defenseman Justin Schultz , the Capitals held the Islanders to… Read full this story
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