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NHL: Washington 2, N.Y. Islanders 1 (SO)

April 4, 2013 at 10:07 PM

WASHINGTON, April 4 (UPI) -- Alex Ovechkin scored the only goal of a shootout Thursday to bring Washington a 2-1 decision over the New York Islanders.

Braden Holtby stopped all three New York attempts after making 35 saves in regulation and overtime.

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The Capitals, who improved to 6-1-1 in their last eight outings, moved into a share of the lead with Winnipeg in the Southeast Division.

Mike Green gave Washington the advantage with 3 seconds remaining in the first period and the Capitals kept the lead until Kyle Okposo tied it with 4:59 to go in regulation.

The one point earned by the Islanders inched them in front of both New Jersey and New York Rangers into seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Evgeni Nabokov made 21 saves for the Islanders, who had won five of their previous six outings.

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