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Islanders Outlasted by Capitals in 8-Round Shootout, Lose 4-3



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After scoring late in the third period with the net empty, the New York Islanders were outlasted by the Washington Capitals in an eight-round shootout as they fell 4-3.  The Islanders move to 24-24-9 on the season.











Anthony Mantha gave the Washington Capitals a 1-0 lead at 12:21 of the first period. He deflected an Evgeny Kuznetsov shot through the legs of New York Islanders netminder Semyon Varlamov and just trickled in. Kuznetsov and Connor Sheary were credited with the assists on Mantha’s fourth of the season.

Brock Nelson tied the contest at 1-1, as he hopped on a loose rebound for his 24th goal of the season. Zdeno Chara and Noah Dobson were credited with the assists at 4:55 of the second period.

After a silky move by Josh Bailey, Kyle Palmieri netted his 10th goal of the season to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead late in the second period. Bailey and Jean-Gabriel Pageau were credited with the assists at 17:02 of the second period.

Axel Jonsson-Fjallby scored his first NHL goal to tie the contest at two apiece midway through the third period as Dmitry Orlov found him towards the back post to finish off a 2 on 1 at 10:13 of the third.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 37th of the season at 15:02 of the third period to give the Capitals a 3-2 lead. Off the face-off, he beat Varlamov over the glove. Kuznetsov was credited with the lone assist on the milestone goal.

With just under 2 minutes to play in regulation, New York Islanders captain Anders Lee tied the contest at 3-3, as he beat Vanecek high blocker side. Dobson and Brock Nelson were credited with the assists on Lee’s 22nd of the season.

Washington Capitals forward Anthony Mantha scored the game-winning shootout goal in the eighth round.

The ‘Great 8’ Becomes Greater

With his goal in the third period, Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin passed Jaromir Jagr for the third most goals all-time in NHL history.

Ovechkin’s 37th of the season gave him career goal no. 767.

Sloppy Game Returns

The New York Islanders were not as sharp Tuesday night as they had been over their last three games. Mistakes in all three zones led to chances for the Washington Capitals. Although more times than not, the Islanders were able to survive their mistakes. But two of the three Capitals goals came from those mistakes.

The Washington Capitals took the lead in the first period after Adam Pelech could not corral a pass back into the Islanders zone. Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov jumped on the puck and set up Anthony Mantha who crashed the front of the net for a tap-in that squeaked past Varlamov.

Midway through the third period, Anders Lee turned the puck over and got caught leading to an odd-man rush and the equalizer.


Point Streaks Extended

The New York Islanders had three players extend their point streak in the 4-3 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.

Anders Lee scored the tying goal late to push his goal streak to five games, with eight goals over that span.

Kyle Palmieri, with his go-ahead marker in the second, extended his point streak to five games with three goals and three assists. He now has nine goals in his 15 second-half games, with three in his last two games.

Palmieri’s goal does not happen without a silky move by Josh Bailey, who with his assist, pushed his point streak to four games, with three goals and four assists.

With the secondary assist on Palmieri’s goal, Jean-Gabriel Pageau extended his point streak to five games, with one goal and five assists.

Islanders Win the Challenge Game

Both New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz and Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette used their coach’s challenge before the second period came to a close.

Early in the second period, Laviolette challenged Brock Nelson’s goal for interference, as Anders Lee got his stick between the legs of Washington netminder Vitek Vanecek. But after review, the call on the ice stood.

Later in the period, with the score 1-1, the Islanders turned the puck over inside their blue line and on the same shift, Washington Capitals defenseman Justin Schultz beat Semyon Varlamov. But Trotz elected to challenge the play for offsides and it was clear as day.

Varlamov Builds on Latest Starts

New York Islanders Semyon Varlamov had struggled mightily to get into a groove this season, like the rest of his team. But after a 44 save performance against the Colorado Avalanche on March. 7 where he stood on his head, he followed that start up with 25 saves on 27 shots in a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 10.

And on March 15, Varlamov was strong yet again as he stopped 22 of 25 in regulation, before putting on a clinic with seven saves in the overtime frame.

In the shootout, Varlamov stopped six of the eight shootout attempts against.


Semyon Varlamov made his third start in the last six games.

Despite staying on the ice after Thursday’s morning skate, Matt Martin was in the lineup. Ross Johnston, Kieffer Bellows, and Sebastian Aho.

Matt Martin, Kieffer Bellows, and Sebastian Aho served as the healthy scratches.

WHAT’S NEXT: The New York Islanders take on the New York Rangers on Thursday at 7:00 PM ET at Madison Square Garden