Islanders shut out Capitals in Game 5, win Eastern First Round series


Anthony Beauvillier scored twice, Semyon Varlamov made 21 saves and the New York Islanders defeated the Washington Capitals 4-0 in Game 5 to win their Eastern Conference First Round series at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Thursday.

Josh Bailey had a goal and two assists for the Islanders, the No. 6 seed in the East. Their opponent in the Eastern Conference Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs has not been determined.

Beauvillier has nine points (six goals, three assists) in nine games this postseason. 

Braden Holtby made 13 saves for the Capitals, the No. 3 seed, who scored three goals at 5-on-5 in the series and have been eliminated in the first round in back-to-back seasons since winning the Stanley Cup in 2018. They were then led by Barry Trotz, who became Islanders coach two weeks after Washington won the championship.

The Capitals were 0-for-2 on the power play.

The Islanders took a 1-0 lead when Beauvillier scored on a one-timer from Brock Nelson at 10:19 of the first period. It was New York’s second power-play goal in 20 opportunities in the series. 

Beauvillier scored again at 9:33 of the second period. Bailey entered the Capitals zone and drew both Brenden Dillon and John Carlson towards him before he slid the puck to Beauvillier, who roofed a backhand over Holtby to make it 2-0.

Varlamov preserved the two-goal lead with a glove save on Nicklas Backstrom‘s shot from the right circle at 1:22 of the third period.

Nick Leddy (17:47) and Bailey (18:31) scored empty-net goals for the 4-0 final.

Backstrom (concussion protocol) returned after missing the previous three games. He was injured from a hit by Islanders forward Anders Lee in the first period of Game 1.

The Islanders were without forward Cal Clutterbuck, who was injured from a hit by Capitals defenseman Radko Gudas in the second period of Game 2, and forward Derick Brassard was scratched. They were replaced by forwards Michael Dal Colle and Ross Johnston.

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