Cumberland Times-News

Local Sports

April 4, 2013

Capitals win shootout, defeat Islanders 2-1

JOSEPH WHITE

AP Sports Writer

WASHINGTON — Mike Green scored his fifth goal in four games, Braden Holtby made 35 saves and then was perfect in the shootout, and the Washington Capitals’ long, slow comeback toward a playoff spot took another big step Thursday night with a 2-1 shootout win over the New York Islanders.

Holtby denied Frans Nielsen, Brad Boyes and John Tavares in the shootout for the Capitals, who moved into a tie on points with Winnipeg atop the Southeast Division after the Jets lost 4-1 at Montreal.

Either way, Washington will still have two games in hand against Winnipeg, a major turnaround for a Capitals team that started 2-8-1. They’ve won six of their last eight.

Green scored on a wrister from the right circle with 13 seconds remaining in the first period, and Alex Ovechkin was the only player from either team to find the net in the shootout.

The Islanders tied the game on Kyle Okposo’s one-timer with 4:59 to play in regulation.

The workhouse during the Capitals’ recent surge, Holtby made his 10th consecutive start and nearly recorded his fifth shutout of the season. The Islanders tested seemingly every reflex he had, whether it was sliding left to blunt Keith Aucoin’s attempted tap-in at the edge of the crease in the first period or sticking out his right pad to thwart Andrew MacDonald’s blast during a four-on-four sequence in the second.

Evgeni Nabokov was Holtby’s equal, making 21 stops in a game that was just as crucial for the surging Islanders. New York, trying to make playoffs for first time since 2007, had won five of six and picked up a standings point to move into seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

Tavares, who had nine goals in his previous 13 games, was bottled up by the Capitals and managed only one shot on goal. He was also stuffed by Holtby on the final attempt in the shootout.

Other than the shootout, Ovechkin was also kept off the score sheet, ending his points streak at nine games.

Forward Martin Erat, acquired at Wednesday’s trade deadline from the Nashville Predators to bolster the Capitals’ playoff chances, played 14:43 in his Washington debut.

Notes: Capitals RW Eric Fehr returned after missing four games with an upper-body injury. ... With Erat in the lineup, Washington LW Jason Chimera was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. ... Nabokov is 12-1-3 with two shutouts in 16 career starts against the Capitals. ... Green was whistled for delay of game when he cleared the puck over the glass from the Capitals’ defensive zone with 2:52 remaining in regulation, but Washington killed off the penalty.

Follow Joseph White on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JGWhiteAP

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • Miners win 57 in a row

    Mountain Ridge made it 57 wins in a row, scoring multiple runs in four of the five innings Thursday afternoon in defeating Keyser, 14-4, in an Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference game at Mountain Ridge.

    April 17, 2014

  • Allegany hammers Hawks

    The bats have begun to click for the Allegany College of Maryland Trojans as a two-run first-inning home run by Tanner Klein got the ball, and the runs, rolling as the Trojans pounded out 14 hits in defeating Hagerstown Community College, 10-7, in a Maryland JUCO game Thursday at The Rock.

    April 17, 2014

  • Duncan helps ACM split two with Cecil

    Parris Duncan doubled home two runs in the top of the fourth to help Allegany College to a 2-1 victory over Cecil College in the first game of a doubleheader split Thursday afternoon.

    April 17, 2014

  • Unbeaten Alco beats Hyndman

    Undefeated Allegany took a five-inning 14-4 win at Hope for Hyndman Charter School Thursday, scoring five runs in the second inning and eight in the third.

    April 17, 2014

  • Ken Ayers hits ace

    Ken Ayers hit a hole-in-one Thursday on the No. 3 hole at Mill Creek Country Club during an MGA scramble.

    April 17, 2014

  • Sports Calendar - 04/18/2014

    April 17, 2014

  • Duke freshman Jabari Parker declares for NBA draft Duke freshman Jabari Parker declares for NBA draft

    Jabari Parker is hoping to become Duke’s latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Can Spurs get back at Heat? Can they survive West? Can Spurs get back at Heat? Can they survive West?

    To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kuchar builds on Masters momentum Kuchar builds on Masters momentum

    There were no major letdowns for Masters contenders Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage on Thursday.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Alco beats Northern Alco beats Northern

    CRESAPTOWN — Ashleigh Eisentrout knocked in four runs to lead Allegany to an 11-2 win over Northern in Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference action Wednesday at Carl Belt Field, marking the 200th victory in the Camper head coaching career of Rick Twigg.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

Facebook
Sports related video