Nicklas Backstrom

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The Capitals conducted an optional practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Saturday and among those who took the option not to participate was head coach Adam Oates.

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How it happened: Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin played one of their best games of the season, combining for three goals, and Braden Holtby turned aside 28 of 29 shots to keep

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Analysis of the Capitals’ come-from-behind 4-3 shootout victory over the New York Islanders Saturday at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.:

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After going down, 1-0 to the Islanders, the Capitals showed some grit and came back with three nice goals from Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom and Joel Ward.

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