National Hockey League

Capitals bounce back, stave off elimination with Game 4 win over Islanders

Halfway through the second period, Tom Wilson headed to the penalty box for boarding Scott Mayfield, but the Islanders fell to 0 for 4 with the man advantage, as Washington’s penalty-killing unit, which has been busy and stout all series, was up to the task again.

Less than two minutes after Evgeny Kuznetsov got the Capitals on the board, Alex Ovechkin ripped a one-timer from his office past Semyon Varlamov on the power play to tie the game at 2.

Kuznetsov’s tally came after the Capitals failed to score with a two-man advantage that lasted a minute after a holding penalty on Mathew Barzal ended the Islanders’ power play to start the period and Scott Mayfield was whistled for delay of game.

New York had a 2-0 lead and a 7-1 advantage in shots less than 10 minutes into the game, and while the Capitals made Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov work more in the second half of the first period, their scoring chances were scant.

The Islanders added to their lead at the 9:16 mark of the first period, when Mathew Barzal beat Carl Hagelin and Jonas Siegenthaler to the front of the net and deflected a pass from Nick Leddy on a give-and-go past Braden Holtby.

The goal came after Washington killed off an early penalty by Capitals defenseman Brenden Dillon, who tripped Islanders forward Brock Nelson in the defensive zone.

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