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Capitals rally to beat Isles 3-2 in OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Capitals rally to beat Isles 3-2 in OT
New York Islanders 2, Washington Capitals 3
Three Stars of the Game
Alex Ovechkin
1st
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 21:20
Troy Brouwer
2nd
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 17:43
Michal Neuvirth
3rd
SA: 24TOI: 60:33
GA: 2EV: 19-21
PIM: 0PP: 3-3
SV%: .917SH: 0-0
Fifty-six minutes into their game against the New York Islanders on Tuesday night, the Washington Capitals appeared destined to leave their rink without any points.

But Troy Brouwer and Alex Ovechkin made sure they left with two.

Ovechkin capitalized on a Josh Bailey giveaway at 1:35 of overtime after Brouwer tallied twice in the final 3 1/2 minutes of regulation, giving the Washington Capitals an improbable 3-2 victory at the Verizon Center.

"It's a huge victory for us," Ovechkin said. "We needed one goal, and Browse gets it. He gets a second one and in OT, I had a lucky goal."

Blanked by New York goalie Evgeni Nabokov for 56 minutes, the Capitals mounted a stunning rally to win their third straight -- their longest streak since an identical run in mid-January.
 
Brouwer cut the deficit to 2-1 with 3:29 left in regulation, scoring from the right of the net after taking an excellent crossing pass from Mathieu Perreault.

"The first goal hurt," Isles coach Jack Capuano said. "It was a negated icing and we leave a guy alone in front of the net. That first one hurt bad."

After Capitals coach Dale Hunter pulled goalie Michal Neuvirth, Brouwer deflected a shot by Brooks Laich past Nabokov to tie it with 25.5 seconds to play after Isles center Frans Nielsen lost a crucial faceoff in New York's zone.
 
In overtime, Ovechkin raced into the New York zone from the left side and fired a wrist shot from the top of the left circle that found the back of the net.

"It's a big two points," Hunter said. "Their goalie was putting together a good game. You could tell he was having one of those games that it was going to take a special play to get a goal on him."

It was the fourth straight road loss for the Islanders, who were 13-1-5 when leading after two periods. Nabokov fell to 10-2 against the Capitals, who opened a five-game homestand in impressive style.

Washington was 0-2 this season against the Islanders, the only Eastern Conference team it had failed to defeat this season. The Capitals moved past Winnipeg into the eighth spot in the East with 69 points.

The Islanders, meanwhile, failed on a golden opportunity to pull within six points of the Jets while still having two games in hand. Instead, they're now in 14th place in the East.

"You've just got to regroup and come back and battle," Capuano said. "That's the way it goes. We had some chances."  

Washington outshot New York 13-3 in the first period, but the Islanders took a 1-0 lead on Bailey's seventh goal of the season. Bailey faked a shot from the top of the right circle, then skated down the middle and deked Neuvirth before pumping in a wrister from the slot at 4:14.

It was the Islanders' second shot of the game; the next didn't come until 18:22. Washington managed only two shots during two power-play opportunities over the first 20 minutes.

The second period wasn't much different in that the Capitals still couldn't find a way to score. After New York took the first five shots of the period, Washington's Mike Green finally tested Nabokov with a long-range wrist shot at 9:03 during what turned out to be another futile power play.

Matt Moulson made it 2-0 at 2:16 of the third period, deflecting a shot by Steve Staios over Neuvirth's left shoulder.

"It's unacceptable to give up a two-goal lead that late," Bailey said after the Islanders lost for the seventh time this season after leading by more than one goal. "Breakdowns are a part of the game, but you certainly don't expect the outcome to be like that when you are up two goals."

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.
scoring summary
1st Period
04:14
NYI
Josh Bailey (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Frans Nielsen (17), Andrew MacDonald (11)
1 - 0 NYI
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
02:16
NYI
Matt Moulson (27) Tip-in - ASST: Steve Staios (8), Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (44)
2 - 0 NYI
16:31
WSH
Troy Brouwer (16) Tip-in - ASST: Mathieu Perreault (10), Jason Chimera (15)
2 - 1 NYI
19:34
WSH
Troy Brouwer (17) Tip-in - ASST: Brooks Laich (20), Dennis Wideman (29)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
01:35
WSH
Alex Ovechkin (26) Snap shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 2 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
05:21
NYI
Kyle Okposo  Hi-sticking against  Alex Ovechkin
10:24
NYI
Steve Staios  Hooking against  Joel Ward
2nd Period
06:16
WSH
Matt Hendricks  Tripping against  John Tavares
08:03
NYI
David Ullstrom  Holding against  Brooks Laich
12:26
WSH
Troy Brouwer  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
14:09
NYI
Kyle Okposo  Hooking against  Jay Beagle
3rd Period
12:12
WSH
Matt Hendricks  Tripping against  Andrew MacDonald
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 34TOI: 61:35
Saves: 31EV: 26 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .912SH: 1 - 1
Michal Neuvirth
SA: 24TOI: 60:33
Saves: 22EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0