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Cizikas, Varlamov lead Islanders to 4-3 win over Capitals

New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53), defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) and goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) celebrate after an NHL hockey game ag...
New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) celebrates his goal with defenseman Nick Leddy (2) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against t...
Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) celebrates his goal as New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle (7) looks on during the first peri...
Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) reaches out for a shot by New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) during the first period of an...
New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas, left, celebrates his goal with right wing Leo Komarov (47) during the second period of an NHL hockey game aga...

New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53), defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) and goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) celebrate after an NHL hockey game ag...

New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) celebrates his goal with defenseman Nick Leddy (2) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against t...

Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) celebrates his goal as New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle (7) looks on during the first peri...

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) reaches out for a shot by New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) during the first period of an...

New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas, left, celebrates his goal with right wing Leo Komarov (47) during the second period of an NHL hockey game aga...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Casey Cizikas scored twice for the first time this season and Tom Kuhnhackl had the go-ahead goal and the New York Islanders earned a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.

Former Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped 36 shots in the victory, helping former Washington coach Barry Trotz remain perfect in three return trips to D.C. since coaching them to the 2018 Stanley Cup.

Brock Nelson also scored in the first period for the Islanders, who won their second straight to close a three-game road trip.

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his 14th and 15th goals for Washington, which lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season.

Tom Wilson also scored for the Capitals, and Braden Holtby made 18 saves.

After giving back an early 2-0 lead and then trailing after Kuznetsov's second goal of the game, the Islanders retook the lead for good.

After a Capitals turnover, Matt Martin looked into the attacking zone. He found Cizikas, who rifled a shot over Holtby's blocker side and inside the left post to tie it at 3-all at 4:47 of the second period.

Kuhnhackl put the Islanders ahead a little more than eight minutes later, when he took Mathew Barzal's pass from behind the goal line and sent his shot over Holtby's shoulder.

The Capitals had several promising opportunities to tie it late, but Varlamov made 18 saves in the third.

NOTES: The Islanders are 22-1-2 this season when scoring at least three goals ... Cizikas’ multi-goal game was the fourth of his career … Kuznetsov's first goal ended the Capitals' scoreless stretch against the Islanders in Washington at 2 hours, 13 minutes and 51 seconds. ... For Washington, Tom Wilson returned from a one-game layoff because of a lower-body injury.

UP NEXT

Islanders: Host New Jersey on Thursday.

Capitals: Visit Carolina on Friday.

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Updated : 2021-06-22 15:27 GMT+08:00