Schultz scores with 27 seconds left in third, Capitals defeat Islanders

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WASHINGTON — Justin Schultz broke a tie with 27 seconds remaining in the third period to lift the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 win against the New York Islanders at Capital One Arena on Tuesday.

Schultz, who also had an assist, beat Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov with a wrist shot from the right circle on the rush. 

The goal came after the Capitals had one shot on goal during a five-minute major power play after Islanders forward Leo Komarov took a boarding penalty against center Lars Eller at 10:59 of the third period. 

John Carlson had a goal and an assist and Daniel Sprong scored for the Capitals (4-0-3), who played their third game without forwards Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov, defenseman Dmitry Orlov and goalie Ilya Samsonov, who each will be out at least one more game in accordance with NHL COVID-19 protocols.

Vitek Vanecek made 32 saves for Washington.

Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assist and Noah Dobson scored for the Islanders (3-3-0). Varlamov made 34 saves.

The teams were playing against each other for the first time since the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when the Islanders won the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round in five games.

They will play again here Thursday.

The Islanders took a 2-1 lead at 10:01 of the second period when Zdeno Chara turned the puck over to Barzal, who scored on a backhand shot from just inside the right circle.

Sprong, acquired in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 24, 2020, scored his first goal with the Capitals with a wrist shot from the high slot at 17:21 of the second to tie it 2-2.

Carlson gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead at 11:06 of the first period when he knocked in the rebound of Schultz’s shot from the point for a power-play goal.

Dobson tied it 1-1 when his shot from the right point deflected off Capitals defenseman Brenden Dillon at 15:33 of the first.

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