NEW YORK — Matt Niskanen scored two goals in the third period, lifting the Capitals over the Islanders 4-2 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.
Brett Connolly and Justin Williams also scored for Washington. Dating to a 2-1 overtime loss at Tampa Bay, the Capitals have earned 11 out of a possible 12 points.
The Capitals finished with a 38-25 advantage in shots on goal, and Braden Holtby stopped 36 shots, with his two toughest saves coming on Josh Bailey's goal-mouth backhander with 11 minutes left and John Tavares' snap shot from the slot nearly two minutes later.
GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Artem Anisimov scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period to lead the visiting Blackhawks over the Rangers 2-1. Chicago captain Jonathan Toews was activated from injured reserve after missing nine games with an upper-body injury. … Justin Faulk scored the go-ahead goal 5:56 into the third period, and the host Hurricanes rallied from three goals down to beat the Canucks 8-6. Jeff Skinner scored two goals, his second starting Carolina's comeback. The Hurricanes scored six in the third — four in a 4:40 span. … Jack Eichel scored two goals in a 2:08 span of the second period and assisted on another goal to lead the host Sabres to a 6-3 victory over the Kings.