UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Alex Ovechkin scored two goals, the second 1:46 into overtime, to lift the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 victory Monday that sent the New York Islanders to their eighth straight loss.
With Washington on a power play, Ovechkin took a pass from Alexander Semin and beat Yann Danis for the Capitals' third straight win.
Jose Theodore earned his 200th career victory with 27 saves.
Kyle Okposo scored for New York, while Danis stopped 36 shots.
Washington has 63 points, putting the Capitals far ahead in the Southeast Division, and just eight points behind Boston in the Eastern Conference.
The Islanders now have losing streaks of six, 10, and eight games this season.
Washington grabbed a 1-0 lead on their first power play 6:35 into the game when Ovechkin sent a slapshot from the top of the left circle between Danis' pads.
The Islanders were outshot 14-8 in the scoreless second period, but had the best chance. Jeff Tambellini's wrist shot from the left circle hit the crossbar with three minutes left.
Washington had a beautiful opportunity to increase its lead with 5 1/2 minutes gone in the final period, but Ovechkin hit the right post with an empty net in front of him.
The Islanders tied it at 12:18 on a two-man power play advantage. Okposo, standing at the left edge of the crease, took Franz Nielsen's cross-ice pass and knocked it in.
Notes: Missing from the Islanders' lineup were defenceman Chris Campoli (strained groin) and forward Trent Hunter (cut hand). Jack Hillen and Kurtis McLean were called up from Bridgeport to fill in. ... Washington goes to Ottawa and Boston on this trip. The Capitals have only one game left out of the Eastern time zone, a visit to Nashville on March 12.