WASHINGTON (AP) - Andrew McDonald scored early in the third period, Evgeni Nabokov made 22 saves for his 57th career shutout and the New York Islanders broke a five-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 1-0 win over the Washington Capitals.
McDonald's slap shot from the point went past screened goalie Michal Neuvirth and just under the crossbar with 17:44 to play. The Islanders scored only one goal for the third straight game - but at least this time it was enough to win.
Nabokov, making his third start since returning from a groin injury, posted his second shutout of the season and is 19th on the NHL list.
Neuvirth stopped 27 shots for the Capitals, who have lost 10 of 13 to tumble toward the bottom of the Metropolitan Division, only seven points ahead of the last-place Islanders. Washington has been shut out four times this season.