The Islanders had been struck by a pair of targets from Daniel Sprong, in injured Alex Ovechkin’s place on Washington’s high line, and Ilya Samsonov made 21 saves because the Capitals received, 6-3, Saturday evening at Nassau Coliseum.
Evgeny Kutznetsov had a aim and two assists, and Nic Dowd, Garnet Hathaway and T.J. Oshie additionally scored because the Capitals received for the second time in three nights on Lengthy Island.
Washington, which additionally received 1-0 in a shootout on Thursday, remained in first place within the tight East Division, one level forward of second-place Pittsburgh. The Islanders are in third, two factors behind the Penguins, and three forward of Boston.
Anthony Beauvillier, Adam Pelech and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Islanders. Ilya Sorokin completed with 24 saves.
The Capitals additionally improved to 17-7-2 on the highway, one win forward of Winnipeg for essentially the most highway wins this season. The Capitals have received 5 of seven conferences with the Islanders, and the groups meet for the ultimate time in the course of the common season Tuesday in Washington.
Ovechkin missed the competition with a lower-body harm. It was the primary recreation Ovechkin missed attributable to harm in the course of the abbreviated 56-game season. The 35-year-old Ovechkin — sixth on the all-time targets listing at 730 — additionally missed 4 video games earlier whereas on the league’s COVID-19 listing. Ovechkin has 24 targets in 43 video games this season.
Samsonov improved to 13-3-1 this season and handed the Islanders simply their third regulation loss in 25 dwelling video games (19-3-3).
Trailing 2-1 after 20 minutes, the Islanders tied at 7:37 of the second as Pelech shocked Samsonov with an extended slap shot on a coast-to-coast effort. It was his third aim of the season and first short-handed tally of his profession. Dowd put the Capitals again forward for good with 7:39 left within the interval when his excessive shot from the left faceoff circle eluded Sorokin. Sprong prolonged the result in 4-2 about 2 ¹/₂ minutes later. Defenseman Brendan Dillon assisted on each targets. Pageau introduced the Islanders inside one with a power-play aim with 2:48 remaining within the second.
Nonetheless, the Capitals maintained strain within the third and added to their lead. Kutznetsov added his ninth of the season at 7:35 when his excessive shot eluded Sorokin, who had a troublesome evening whereas falling to 12-5-1 on the season. Sprong added his second of the competition and ninth of the season with 5:17 remaining to finish the scoring.
Hathaway notched his fifth of the season 2:33 into the sport when his angled shot from the left nook eluded Sorokin. Oshie made it 2-0 at 10:55 together with his seventeenth aim.
Beauvillier bought the Islanders on the scoreboard with a power-play aim with 5 ¹/₂ minutes left within the opening interval as he knocked a unfastened puck previous Samsonov for this tenth.