Capitals sink Islanders 3-2 in OT

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 30, 2013 at 10:33 pm •  Published: November 30, 2013
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders were close to ending their five-game losing streak.

But Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals found a win to get their second win in two days.

Ovechkin's overtime winner came after Nicklas Backstrom tied the game with a short-handed score with 49 seconds left in the third period to lift the Capitals to a 3-2 victory over the Islanders on Saturday.

Ovechkin's 21st goal at 2:07 of overtime gave Washington the victory and improved its record to 14-11-2. The Capitals also had a strong game from goaltender Braden Holtby, who made 37 saves.

"We were lucky at the end and then we got it done in overtime," Washington coach Adam Oates said. "At the end of the day, you want to do the right things out there and we did."

The Islanders seemed poised for their first win since Nov. 16 after Thomas Vanek gave them a 2-1 lead with just under two minutes left.

Vanek scored his eighth of the season when he flipped the puck past Holtby from in close at 18:09 as linemates John Tavares and Kyle Okposo assisted.

The one-goal lead appeared safe but it wasn't to be as Capitals defenseman Mike Green took an interference penalty at 18:50.

The ensuing play went into the Islanders end where Backstrom took a pass from Jason Chimera, then managed to slide the puck past Islanders goaltender Anders Nilsson for his sixth of the season to knot the score at 2.

"It was a great pass by Chimmer that landed on my tape," Backstrom said. "It really felt great for me because it was a tight game between two good teams. It was felt good that we came back, a great win for us."

Nilsson was making his first start for the Islanders this season after Kevin Poulin had lost the previous five games.

Starter Evgeni Nabokov was injured early in the Nov. 16th game against Detroit. The Islanders won that game in a shootout with Poulin in relief but they haven't won since.

Aaron Volpatti's score at 8:58 of the middle period put Washington ahead 1-0. Tom Wilson and Martin Erat assisted on his second goal of the season.

The Islanders dictated much of the pace against the Capitals. They outshot Washington 15-9 in the first period and 12-10 in the second, a day after a 5-0 home loss to Detroit.



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