WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin returned from a shoulder injury to score his 11th and 12th goals of the season, and the Washington Capitals rode a second-period flurry to a 6-2 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.
After being sidelined for two games, Ovechkin scored twice on the power play in a five-goal second period for the Capitals, who have won three straight and are above .500 for the first time this season (8-7).
John Carlson, Marcus Johansson, Alexander Urbom and rookie Tom Wilson also scored for Washington, which netted four power-play goals. Nicklas Backstrom had three assists, and Braden Holtby made 34 saves.
John Tavares and Kyle Okposo scored for the Islanders, who had won two in a row. Evgeni Nabokov had 33 saves.
Ovechkin was hurt last week when he crashed headfirst into the goalie and net in the first period of a loss at Vancouver. The Capitals won twice without their three-time league MVP — including a 7-0 rout of the Philadelphia Flyers — and he returned to find a new configuration on the top line, with Martin Erat joining Ovechkin and Backstrom.
But it was with the man-advantage that Ovechkin made his mark Tuesday night. He needed only three seconds of a power play to score his first goal. Backstrom directed the faceoff in Ovechkin's direction to set up a drive through traffic that gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead.
That was part of a surge of five goals in just over five minutes — with Washington scoring four. Carlson capitalized on a turnover inside the blue line to score an unassisted goal, Johansson put in a rebound on a power play, and Urbom scored during a delayed penalty for his third career goal and first since joining the Capitals.
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