UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Evgeny Kuznetsov scored in regulation and had the only goal in the shootout to lift the Capitals to a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday and keep Washington's playoff hopes alive.
Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby stopped all three Islander attempts in the shootout and Washington snapped a five-game losing streak and moved within two points of Columbus for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
Kuznetsov tied it 1-1 at 2:36 of the second period, but John Persson put the Islanders back ahead at 4:16 and Frans Nielsen made it 3-1 on a power-play goal at 9:55. The Capitals fought back to tie it, getting goals from Nicklas Backstrom at 12:45 and Joel Ward at 15:01.
Cal Clutterbuck gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead 12:55 into the first period.
Holtby stopped 35 shots for Washington and Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves for New York.