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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) reacts after New York Islanders John Persson scored a goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
NHL: Captials beat Islander to keep playoffs hopes alive
First Published Apr 05 2014 09:41 pm • Last Updated Apr 05 2014 09:44 pm

Uniondale, N.Y. • Evgeny Kuznetsov scored in regulation and had the only goal in the shootout to lift the Capitals to a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday and keep Washington’s playoff hopes alive.

Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby stopped all three Islander attempts in the shootout and Washington snapped a five-game losing streak and moved within two points of Columbus for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

At a glance

EASTERN CONFERENCE

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

z-Boston 78 53 18 7 113 251 167

y-Pittsburgh 78 49 24 5 103 237 195

x-Montreal 79 45 27 7 97 212 199

N.Y. Rangers 79 43 31 5 91 212 190

x-Tampa Bay 78 42 27 9 93 229 211

Philadelphia 77 39 29 9 87 215 218

Detroit 78 37 27 14 88 211 222

Columbus 77 39 31 7 85 215 207

New Jersey 78 34 28 16 84 191 200

Toronto 79 38 33 8 84 229 248

Washington 78 35 30 13 83 222 236

Ottawa 78 33 31 14 80 226 261

Carolina 78 34 33 11 79 196 215

N.Y. Islanders 77 31 35 11 73 215 254

Florida 78 27 43 8 62 185 256

Buffalo 77 21 47 9 51 148 229

WESTERN CONFERENCE

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

x-St. Louis 77 52 18 7 111 243 173

x-Anaheim 77 50 19 8 108 249 198

x-San Jose 78 49 20 9 107 239 189

x-Colorado 77 50 21 6 106 237 206

x-Chicago 78 44 19 15 103 255 205

x-Los Angeles 78 45 27 6 96 196 164

Minnesota 78 40 26 12 92 195 194

Dallas 77 38 28 11 87 225 218

Phoenix 78 36 28 14 86 209 221

Winnipeg 79 35 34 10 80 220 232

Nashville 77 34 32 11 79 195 231

Vancouver 77 34 32 11 79 185 209

Calgary 78 33 38 7 73 200 228

Edmonton 78 27 42 9 63 193 259

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division z-clinched conference

Saturday’s Games

Washington 4, N.Y. Islanders 3, SO

Boston 5, Philadelphia 2

Colorado 4, St. Louis 0

Winnipeg 4, Toronto 2

Montreal 5, Detroit 3

Dallas 5, Tampa Bay 2

Ottawa 3, N.Y. Rangers 2

New Jersey 3, Carolina 1

Minnesota 4, Pittsburgh 0

Los Angeles at Vancouver, late

Nashville at San Jose, late

Saturday’s Games

St. Louis at Chicago, 10:30 a.m.

Dallas at Florida, 3 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Columbus, 4 p.m.

Buffalo at Philadelphia, 5:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Colorado, 6 p.m.

Anaheim at Edmonton, 6 p.m.

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The Capitals are 9-2-0 in last 11 games at Nassau Coliseum.

Both teams had chances in overtime. Holtby denied Brock Nelson point-blank at 3:35 and Evgeni Nabokov stopped Alexander Ovechkin in the closing seconds of the five-minute extra session.

Stars 5, Lightning 2 • In Tampa, Fla., Jamie Benn had two goals and an assist to lead Dallas past Tampa Bay.

Tyler Seguin had his team-leading 35th goal, and Vernon Fiddler and Antoine Roussel also scored for Dallas. Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 shots.

The victory lifted Dallas past Phoenix into the second wild-card position in the Western Conference. The Stars last reached the postseason in 2008.

Devils 3, Hurricanes 1 • In Raleigh, N.C., Dainus Zubrus scored two goals and New Jersey earned a point in its seventh straight game.

The Devils improved to 4-0-3 during a stretch that has given their playoff chances a significant boost.

Cory Schneider stopped 26 shots for the Devils, including all eight he faced in the third period of his second straight victory.


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