Samsonov, Capitals blank Islanders in shootout win

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Ilya Samsonov made 26 saves for the Washington Capitals in a 1-0 shootout win against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday. 

It was Samsonov’s second shutout of the season. 

Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored in the shootout for the Capitals (30-13-4) in the opener of a three-game set.

Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves for his fifth shutout, which is tied for the NHL lead, for the Islanders (29-13-5), who have lost three of their past five games.

Washington forward Alex Ovechkin did not score and remains at 730 NHL goals. His next will tie Marcel Dionne for fifth in League history.

It was the second straight 1-0 game between the teams; Varlamov made 29 saves for New York here on April 6.

Samsonov made 15 saves in the first period, including a breakaway against Mathew Barzal at 18:34.

New York outshot Washington 15-4 in the first period, but the Capitals held a 14-7 edge in the second period.

Varlamov kept it scoreless with a pad save on Carl Hagelin‘s redirection at 3:08 of the second.

Josh Bailey nearly gave the Islanders the lead at 12:02, but Samsonov managed to get his blocker on a shot from the left circle.

Samsonov then stretched out his left pad to deny Kyle Palmieri during an Islanders power play at 10:42 of the third, and Barzal flipped a shot over the crossbar on a breakaway at 15:45.

Jordan Eberle had the best chance to score in overtime, but his shot from the left circle was stopped by Samsonov’s pad at 3:51.

Capitals forward Anthony Mantha had his five-game goal streak end. He had scored in each of his first four games since being acquired from the Detroit Red Wings on April 12.

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