National Hockey League
Washington 5, NY Islanders 1
When: 7:30 PM ET, Saturday, March 11, 2023
Where: UBS Arena, Elmont, New York
Referees: Beau Halkidis, Wes McCauley
Linesmen: Tyson Baker, Julien Fournier
Attendance: 17255

Anthony Mantha, Nic Dowd and Nicklas Backstrom scored in the third period Saturday night for the visiting Washington Capitals, who bolstered their playoff hopes by pulling away for a 5-1 win over the New York Islanders in Elmont, N.Y.

Dylan Strome and T.J. Oshie scored in the first period for the Capitals, who won for just the fourth time in 13 games (4-8-1). Washington is five points behind the Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the race for Eastern Conference wild-card berths.

Goalie Darcy Kuemper made 18 saves.

Pierre Engvall scored for the Islanders, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Goalie Semyon Varlamov recorded 22 saves.

The Islanders opened the scoring in unusual fashion 5:18 after the opening faceoff. New York right winger Hudson Fasching and Washington defenseman Matt Irwin pursued a loose puck, which Fasching got to a moment before Irwin tripped him.

The puck skipped to Engvall as referee Beau Halkidis held up his hand and prepared to call a penalty. Engvall continued skating up the ice and sent a shot into the crease that bounced off the stick of Capitals defenseman Alexander Alexeyev -- who was sliding and had his back to Engvall -- and past Kuemper.

The Capitals tied the score just 83 seconds later. Trevor van Riemsdyk's shot caromed off the back boards and to Rasmus Sandin (three assists), who passed to Strome. The center fired a shot that sailed under the stick arm of Varlamov.

The duo of van Riemsdyk and Sandin helped set up Oshie's goal in the final minute of the first. Van Riemsdyk passed from the slot to Sandin, who dished into the crease as Oshie got open behind Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson. Oshie put his stick down and flicked the puck into the wide-open middle of the net with 46.9 seconds left in the first period.

The Capitals put the game away by scoring three times in a span of a little more than nine minutes in the third. Varlamov turned back a point-blank shot by Alex Ovechkin before Ovechkin poked the rebound to Mantha, who scored at 4:15.

Dowd scored off an Islanders turnover with 7:42 left and Backstrom scored following a Capitals faceoff win 61 seconds later.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Washington   NY Islanders
Rasmus Sandin 3 Points Pierre Engvall 1
Anthony Mantha 1 Goals Pierre Engvall 1
Rasmus Sandin 3 Assists Pierre Engvall 0
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Darcy Kuemper .944 Save Percentage Semyon Varlamov .815
Darcy Kuemper 17 Saves Semyon Varlamov 22
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Washington 27 5 0-4 5-5 10 20
NY Islanders 18 1 0-5 4-4 8 28
Upcoming Games
  • NY Islanders will play their next game on the road against Los Angeles. The Islanders have a W/L % of .514 after a win and .485 after a loss.
  • Washington will play their next game on the road against NY Rangers. The Capitals have a W/L % of .406 after a win and .543 after a loss.