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January 18, 2020 | No sleep 'til Nassau!

Washington Capitals at New York Islanders
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum/NYCB Live | Long Island, New York

Our first trip of the new year took us back to the oldest building still active in the NHL, the Coliseum on Long Island. We began with a stellar pregame tailgate featuring delicious brunch offerings, including fresh local bagels, Tim Horton’s coffee and donuts, Bloody Marys with all the fixings, and mimosas! Well fed but hungry for hockey, we got to see Alex Ovechkin open the scoring in the 1st period, tying Mario Lemieux for 10th all-time in NHL goals! The Isles responded with their A-game, putting up four goals in a row through two periods. It looked bleak. The Caps pulled Braden Holtby for Ilya Samsonov to play the 3rd period and the Caps mounted a comeback the likes of which we hadn’t seen in a while, scoring five unanswered goals. Carl Hagelin broke the seal, followed shortly thereafter by another Ovechkin goal, which bounced Lemieux from his top 10 position on the NHL all-time goal scorers list! Tom Wilson tied it up and Jakub Vrana got the go-ahead goal with less than four minutes to play. When the Isles pulled former Capital Semyon Varlamov from the net for the extra attacker, Ovechkin made them pay with an empty netter hat trick, tying him with the great Steve Yzerman for 9th all-time! It was a crushing defeat for the the home team and a joy for all the Roadies in attendance.

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