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NHL: Islanders beat Capitals behind Evgeni Nabokov

AP, Washington

Washington mascot Slapshot performs during the game between the New York Islanders and the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center in Washington on Tuesday.

Photo: AFP

Evgeni Nabokov stopped 17 shots and P.A. Parenteau scored two goals as the New York Islanders handed the Washington Capitals their first shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory on Tuesday.

It was the 51st career shutout for the 36-year-old Nabokov and first with New York. He has 301 career wins, including eight this season.

Playing the last of back-to-back games and for the fourth time in six days, the Islanders converted three of 28 shots against Tomas Vokoun, who came in 14-3 with a 2.03 goals-against average in 17 starts at home.

John Tavares extended his point streak to a career-best 10 games with a power-play goal at 12:05 of the first period.


In New York, Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as the New York Rangers stayed atop the NHL standings with a victory over Nashville.

The Rangers had lost two of three entering Tuesday’s game following a five-game winning streak.

John Mitchell scored midway through the second period and defenseman Dan Girardi had a goal in the first.

Ryan Callahan was awarded a goal when he dived to try to knock the puck into the empty net in the final minute, and Martin Erat dived on top of him.


In Tampa, Florida, Dominic Moore scored a tiebreaking goal with 3:45 remaining as Tampa Bay beat Boston.

Moore stopped an 11-game goal drought and put Tampa Bay up 4-3 when he scored on Tim Thomas with a shot from the top of the left circle.

Steven Stamkos added his NHL-leading 31st goal into an empty net during the final minute.

Vincent Lecavalier, Tom Pyatt and Ryan Malone had the other goals for Tampa Bay.

Nathan Horton scored two goals and Daniel Paille added a short-handed tally.

Flyers 5, Wild 1

In Philadelphia, Sean Couturier scored a short-handed goal to lead a balanced attack as Philadelphia topped Minnesota.

Kimmo Timonen, Scott Hartnell, Braydon Coburn and Jakub Voracek also had goals, and Jaromir Jagr had two assists for the Flyers, who got points from 11 players.

Darroll Powe scored against his former team for Minnesota’s lone goal.

Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves to earn the win.


In Newark, New Jersey, Ilya Kovalchuk scored two goals, giving him seven in six games as New Jersey routed Winnipeg.

Patrik Elias had a goal and two assists and Petr Sykora and David Clarkson also scored to give the Devils their third straight win and fifth in six games.

Martin Brodeur made 20 saves in recording his 14th win of the season and second over Winnipeg in four days. He came into the third period within reach of his first shutout of the season, but was beaten on a blast by defenseman Tobias Enstrom with 11:42 to play.


In Columbus, Ohio, Derek MacKenzie scored 32 seconds into the third period to help Columbus rally from a two-goal deficit and beat Edmonton.

The defeat in a matchup of the teams at the bottom of the Western Conference could be particularly costly for the Oilers, who lost Taylor Hall for the game during warmups when he collided with a teammate and fell. Hall cut his head on another teammate’s skate and couldn’t play.

Ryan Johansen and Derick Brassard also had goals and Derek Dorsett added an empty-netter for the Blue Jackets. Curtis Sanford made 21 saves.

Anton Lander and Ben Eager scored in the opening nine minutes for the Oilers.

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