The Washington Capitals and New York Islanders entered Thursday’s matchup deadlocked with 62 standings points each. Whoever won would end up in first place in the East Division. With such huge stakes, both teams played it tight during the actual game, and literally, no one scored in regulation or overtime, forcing a shootout to decide a winner.
After TJ Oshie was stopped by Isles goaltender Semyon Varlamov, Nicklas Backstrom, taking Jakub Vrana’s old spot, scored in the second round and Evgeny Kuznetsov clinched the win with a shot to the short side of the net.
Kuzy’s goal gave the Capitals a rare 1-0 shootout victory. Both goalies, Varlamov and Ilya Samsonov, earned a shutout for their efforts.