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Capitals win shootout to close in on Islanders

Capitals win 3-2 after shootout to close in on NY Islanders atop Metropolitan Division

Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) celebrates their 3-2 win in a shootout with Nicklas Backstrom, top left, of Sweden, as New York Islander...
Washington Capitals right wing Eric Fehr (16) celebrates his goal with Joel Ward (42) and Brooks Laich (21) during the third period of an NHL hockey g...

Islanders Capitals Hockey

Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) celebrates their 3-2 win in a shootout with Nicklas Backstrom, top left, of Sweden, as New York Islander...

Islanders Capitals Hockey

Washington Capitals right wing Eric Fehr (16) celebrates his goal with Joel Ward (42) and Brooks Laich (21) during the third period of an NHL hockey g...

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Washington beat the New York Islanders 3-2 after a shootout on Saturday to tighten the intense fight for the leadership of the NHL Metropolitan Division.

The Capitals moved within four points of the division-leading Islanders, moved level with the second-placed New York Rangers, and stayed a point ahead of Pittsburgh which won at St. Louis.

Among other key results, Philadelphia beat league-leading Nashville after a shootout and Detroit edged Dallas in overtime after a 13-goal thriller.

Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the lone goal in a shootout and goaltender Braden Holtby stopped all three Islander attempts to give the Capitals a fourth-straight victory.

Holtby had 30 saves, Eric Fehr put the Capitals up 2-1 at 14:26 of the third period and Matt Niskanen also scored for the hosts.

Travis Hamonic scored early for the Islanders and Ryan Strome put in a rebound at 19:12 of the third period to tie it. New York had been 12-1 in games decided in overtime or shootouts.

Pittsburgh's Blake Comeau had two goals and an assist to lead the Penguins past St. Louis 4-2.

Patrick Hornqvist and Brandon Sutter also scored for the Penguins, who snapped a three-game skid. Pittsburgh is 5-1-1 in its past seven road games.

Dmitrij Jaskin and Ian Cole both scored late for the Blues.

Wayne Simmonds had a goal in regulation and the shootout to lead the Flyers past Nashville 3-2.

Ryan White also scored in regulation for the Flyers, who got the better of former coach Peter Laviolette, now in charge of the Predators.

Colin Wilson and Craig Smith scored in regulation for Nashville, which lost consecutive games for the first time this season.

Detroit's Niklas Kronwall scored 36 seconds into overtime to decide a breathless 7-6 encounter against Dallas.

Trevor Daley, Cody Eakin and Erik Cole scored in a 3-minute span of the second to give the Stars a 4-2 lead.

But then Jakub Kindl had two goals 45 seconds apart in the third to tie it 4-4 in his return from the minors. It was the first two-goal outburst for Kindl in 242 career games.

Curtis McKenzie and Shawn Horcoff then gave the Stars a 6-4 advantage before Justin Abdelkader's power-play goal and Pavel Datsyuk's second of the game tied the score again.

Montreal's Max Pacioretty scored twice in the first period to set up a 3-1 win against Columbus.

Tomas Plekanec added an empty-net goal for the Canadiens, who maintained a one-point lead atop the Eastern Conference.

Montreal is 32-3-1 when its opponents score two goals or fewer.

Nick Foligno scored the sole goal for the Blue Jackets.

Los Angeles' Marian Gaborik scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period as the Kings spoiled San Jose's outdoor party with a 2-1 victory in front of 70,205 fans.

Kyle Clifford also scored for the Kings, who won their seventh straight game and dealt more heartbreak to their California rivals after knocking San Jose out of the playoffs the past two seasons.

Brent Burns scored the lone goal for the Sharks, whose poor recent form has endangered their run of 10 straight seasons in the playoffs.

Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat scored twice, and Ryan Callahan had a goal and an assist to help the Lightning win 4-2 at Arizona.

Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf scored the go-ahead goal with 7:13 remaining in the third period to lift the Ducks to a 2-1 victory at Edmonton.

Toronto's James van Riemsdyk scored 3:47 into overtime to give the Maple Leafs a 4-3 win against playoff-hopeful Winnipeg.

Ottawa won back-to-back games for the first time in seven weeks, beating Florida 4-1 with Kyle Turris contributing a goal and two assists.

New Jersey defenseman Andy Greene capped a three-goal first period by scoring his first goal in 71 games to help the Devils beat Carolina 3-1.


Updated : 2021-09-19 21:21 GMT+08:00