Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Alex Ovechkin put in the deciding goal during the shootout, while Braden Holtby turned in an outstanding performance between the pipes to help lift the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders in a key late-season clash from Verizon Center.
Holtby stopped 35-of-36 shots through regulation and overtime, then stoned all three New York skaters in the final phase to vault the Capitals into a first- place tie with Winnipeg in the Southeast Division.
Mike Green had the lone regulation goal for Washington, now 6-1-1 over its last eight outings.
Kyle Okposo's marker with just under five minutes left in the third period enabled the Islanders to pick up an important point that moved the club into sole possession of seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Evgeni Nabokov finished with 21 saves for New York, which had won five of its last six coming in.