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Jaroslav Halak, Islanders shut out Capitals

New York scores three third-period goals, goalie makes 38 saves

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Jaroslav Halak made 38 saves for the New York Islanders in a 3-0 win against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on Thursday.

Shane Prince, Brock Nelson and Jason Chimera scored in a 4:28 span of the third period for the Islanders (9-10-4), who won their third straight, including a 5-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in New York on Wednesday.

Braden Holtby made 25 saves for the Capitals (13-6-2).

Video: NYI@WSH: Halak stops Wilson's shorthanded break

Prince scored at 3:15 of the third period to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead. His fourth goal of the season came off a pass from Casey Cizikas, who picked off Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov at center ice to start the play.

"We all knew going into the third period it was going to be a tight game," Halak said. "We just said in the locker room, 'Let's just get this one, let's just get the two points.' I think we did a great job coming out in the third period scoring a couple quick goals, and it always puts the other team on their heels. From that moment, I think we controlled the game."

 

WATCH: All Islanders vs. Capitals highlights

 

Nelson scored at 6:43 for a 2-0 lead. He capitalized on an Orlov turnover to score his sixth goal of the season. Chimera scored at 7:43 to make it 3-0, his third goal of the season.

Washington was 0-for-6 on the power play.

"Give credit to the Islanders," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "They do a good job getting in the lanes, there's a big commitment to do that. If the lane opens up, once it's in your hands, you've got to deliver it."

 

Goal of the game

Chimera went top shelf on Holtby with a backhand after a feed from Andrew Ladd in the slot.

Video: NYI@WSH: Chimera pads lead with perfect backhander

 

Save of the game

Halak stopped Lars Eller's scoring chance on the doorstep in the second period.

Video: NYI@WSH: Halak makes a fantastic save to rob Eller

 

Highlight of the game

Cizikas sprung Prince for a breakaway early in the third period on a play that started in the defensive zone. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin hit the crossbar, and Cizikas forced Orlov to turn over the puck at the blue line. Prince scored from the slot.

Video: NYI@WSH: Prince fires a wrister past Holtby's glove

 

Unsung moment of the game

A Capitals power-play goal at 20:00 of the first period was waved off after a video review determined Justin Williams' shot did not cross the goal line before the buzzer.

Video: Situation Room: Williams' last-second goal overturned

 

They said it

"We were attacking. It's just the way we've played in the past. We played to our identity. I thought we managed the puck much better. They still had a few chances. The goalie made some saves, but, again, it's just the way we're used to playing and trying to find our way here with that process, our foundation that we need to play with. It was just a great effort back-to-back nights against two really good hockey teams." -- Islanders coach Jack Capuano on the third period

Video: NYI@WSH: Nelson buries a rebound past Holtby

 

"If your power play's clicking, it can be a real intimidating thing, and our power play has been intimidating in the past few years. This year the numbers aren't illustrating that it's intimidating right now, but chances, entries … I keep telling everybody that the numbers are the same, if not better, but we're not taking those opportunities and putting them through the back of the net." -- Capitals coach Barry Trotz

 

"It's never easy to score goals, for sure, especially on a Vezina Trophy winner. You've got to make perfect shots. Hats off to Braden. He's one of my good friends, and he's tough to beat. You've got to make a perfect play to beat him." -- Islanders forward Jason Chimera on scoring on former teammate Braden Holtby

 

Need to know

Capitals forward Jakub Vrana played 10:10 in his NHL debut after he was recalled from Hershey of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. The 20-year-old was the No. 13 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. … Islanders defenseman Dennis Seidenberg played 19:19 returning to the lineup after missing six games with an upper-body injury. … Nine of the Capitals' 12 forwards were picked by Washington in the first round of the NHL Draft.

 

What's next

Islanders: Host the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; FS-D, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Capitals: At the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-DC, SUN, NHL.TV)

Video: Halak makes 38 stops as Islanders blank Caps, 3-0

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