Cizikas, Varlamov lead Islanders to 4-3 win over Capitals

WASHINGTON (AP) Casey Cizikas just might pull off another 20-goal season with more efforts similar to the one Tuesday against Washington.

The fourth-line center scored his seventh and eighth goals for his first multi-goal game of the season, Tom Kuhnhackl had the go-ahead score and the New York Islanders earned a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals.

Cizikas' 20 goals last season more than doubled his previous high of nine from 2014-15. Islanders coach Barry Trotz isn't depending on that kind of production from a player who averages less than 15 minutes of ice time. But he'd take it.

''That's a big jump,'' Trotz said of Cizikas' last season. ''Twenty is pretty hard, especially with no power-play time. That's pretty impressive. All that being said, if he plays Cizikas hockey, he's going to have good success.''

Former Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped 36 shots in the victory, helping Trotz remain perfect in three return trips to D.C. since he coached Washington to the 2018 Stanley Cup.

Brock Nelson also scored in the first period for the Islanders, who won their second straight to close a three-game road trip.

''That's a massive win for us, for the guys in this room,'' Cizikas said. ''We're building towards something and we're getting back to our game, and tonight is a massive way to kind of do that.''

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his 14th and 15th goals for Washington, which lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season.

Tom Wilson also scored for the Capitals, and Braden Holtby made 18 saves.

''The mistakes we're making now are ending up in our net so we've got to continue to grow our game,'' said Washington coach Todd Reirden. ''It's definitely not a finished product.''

After giving back an early 2-0 lead, then trailing when Kuznetsov scored his second of the game 44 seconds into the second period, the Islanders retook the lead for good by the end of the period.

Following a Capitals turnover, Matt Martin looked into the attacking zone. He found Cizikas, who rifled a shot over Holtby's blocker side and inside the left post to tie it at 3-all at 4:47 of the period.

Kuhnhackl put the Islanders ahead a little more than eight minutes later, when he took Mathew Barzal's pass from behind the goal line and sent his shot over Holtby's shoulder.

''I gotta make a save on that fourth goal,'' Holtby said. ''It's as simple as that. I thought we played well most areas. Just can't happen.''

The Capitals had several promising opportunities to tie it late, but Varlamov made 18 saves in the third.

''He made some big saves when needed,'' Trotz said of Varlamov. ''They had some good looks and obviously he had to battle. They had lots of traffic there at the end.''

NOTES: The Islanders are 22-1-2 this season when scoring at least three goals ... Cizikas' multi-goal game was the fourth of his career . Kuznetsov's first goal ended the Capitals' scoreless stretch against the Islanders in Washington at 2 hours, 13 minutes and 51 seconds. ... Washington's Tom Wilson returned from a one-game layoff because of a lower-body injury.

UP NEXT

Islanders: Host New Jersey on Thursday.

Capitals: Visit Carolina on Friday.

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123T
NYI25-10-3
2204
WAS27-9-5
2103
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Bailey RW00-103/3013:010
M. Barzal C01042/2016:361
A. Beauvillier LW01-110/0017:352
J. Boychuk D00-110/0014:230
D. Brassard C00-101/0016:251
C. Cizikas C20237/12416:292
J. Eberle RW00010/0010:260
R. Johnston LW00010/0006:162
L. Komarov RW01200/1015:353
T. Kuhnhackl RW10020/0012:220
N. Leddy D01000/0019:210
A. Lee LW01011/1016:160
M. Martin LW01220/0015:107
S. Mayfield D01300/0220:301
B. Nelson C10048/12021:011
A. Pelech D00110/0022:093
R. Pulock D00-100/0023:241
D. Toews D00010/0018:010
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
N. Backstrom C010411/4018:493
T. Boyd RW00004/1008:402
J. Carlson D00-460/0023:381
L. Eller C00004/9215:350
R. Gudas D00-130/0017:132
C. Hagelin LW00000/0014:200
G. Hathaway RW00010/0210:502
N. Jensen D00310/0019:311
M. Kempny D00-110/0012:591
E. Kuznetsov C20-1310/6018:380
B. Leipsic LW00030/0008:581
D. Orlov D01240/0223:583
T. Oshie RW01-112/2016:421
A. Ovechkin LW01-130/0018:581
R. Panik RW00020/0014:460
J. Siegenthaler D00-120/0018:311
J. Vrana LW00010/0015:520
T. Wilson RW10040/0017:452
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
S. Varlamov (W)393360.92360:00
GOALIESSA
S. Varlamov (W)39
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
B. Holtby (L)224180.81858:17
GOALIESSA
B. Holtby (L)22
Alex Ovechkin shot on goal (Slap shot)
NYI:GoalsShots
WAS:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • NYI
        12:34GOAL Tom Kuhnhackl (Wrist shot), Assists: Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee
      • NYI
        04:27GOAL Casey Cizikas (Wrist shot), Assist: Matt Martin
      • WAS
        44.0GOAL Evgeny Kuznetsov (Snap shot), Assist: T.J. Oshie
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • WAS
        14:17GOAL Tom Wilson (Tip-in shot), Assists: Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin
      • WAS
        10:53GOAL Evgeny Kuznetsov (Wrist shot), Assist: Dmitry Orlov
      • NYI
        10:39GOAL Brock Nelson (Wrist shot), Assists: Nick Leddy and Anthony Beauvillier
      • NYI
        07:13GOAL Casey Cizikas (Tip-in shot), Assists: Scott Mayfield and Leo Komarov
    PENALTIES
    • 3RD PERIOD
      • NYI
        19:00Scott Mayfield penalty Tripping - 2 min.
      • NYI
        07:11Casey Cizikas penalty Roughing - 2 min.
      • WAS
        07:11Garnet Hathaway penalty Roughing - 2 min.
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • NYI
        13:25Casey Cizikas penalty Interference - 2 min.
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • WAS
        17:18Lars Eller penalty Slashing - 2 min.
      • WAS
        04:43Dmitry Orlov penalty Hooking - 2 min.
    TEAM STATS
    NYI
    WAS
    Shots on Goal2239
    Goals in Power Play00
    Faceoff Wins2231
    Penalties33
    Major Penalties00
    Minor Penalties33
    Misconducts00
    TEAM STATS
    NYI
    Shots on Goal22
    Goals in Power Play0
    Faceoff Wins22
    Penalties3
    Major Penalties0
    Minor Penalties3
    Misconducts0
    123T
    NYI25-10-3
    2204
    WAS27-9-5
    2103
    STARS OF THE GAME
    18.2 %SHOT %7.7 %
    0.923 %SAVE %0.818 %
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Bailey RW00-103/3013:010
    M. Barzal C01042/2016:361
    A. Beauvillier LW01-110/0017:352
    J. Boychuk D00-110/0014:230
    D. Brassard C00-101/0016:251
    C. Cizikas C20237/12416:292
    J. Eberle RW00010/0010:260
    R. Johnston LW00010/0006:162
    L. Komarov RW01200/1015:353
    T. Kuhnhackl RW10020/0012:220
    N. Leddy D01000/0019:210
    A. Lee LW01011/1016:160
    M. Martin LW01220/0015:107
    S. Mayfield D01300/0220:301
    B. Nelson C10048/12021:011
    A. Pelech D00110/0022:093
    R. Pulock D00-100/0023:241
    D. Toews D00010/0018:010
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    N. Backstrom C010411/4018:493
    T. Boyd RW00004/1008:402
    J. Carlson D00-460/0023:381
    L. Eller C00004/9215:350
    R. Gudas D00-130/0017:132
    C. Hagelin LW00000/0014:200
    G. Hathaway RW00010/0210:502
    N. Jensen D00310/0019:311
    M. Kempny D00-110/0012:591
    E. Kuznetsov C20-1310/6018:380
    B. Leipsic LW00030/0008:581
    D. Orlov D01240/0223:583
    T. Oshie RW01-112/2016:421
    A. Ovechkin LW01-130/0018:581
    R. Panik RW00020/0014:460
    J. Siegenthaler D00-120/0018:311
    J. Vrana LW00010/0015:520
    T. Wilson RW10040/0017:452
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    S. Varlamov (W)393360.92360:00
    GOALIESSA
    S. Varlamov (W)39
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    B. Holtby (L)224180.81858:17
    GOALIESSA
    B. Holtby (L)22
    STARS OF THE GAME
    123T
    NYI25-10-3
    2204
    WAS27-9-5
    2103
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Bailey RW00-103/3013:010
    M. Barzal C01042/2016:361
    A. Beauvillier LW01-110/0017:352
    J. Boychuk D00-110/0014:230
    D. Brassard C00-101/0016:251
    C. Cizikas C20237/12416:292
    J. Eberle RW00010/0010:260
    R. Johnston LW00010/0006:162
    L. Komarov RW01200/1015:353
    T. Kuhnhackl RW10020/0012:220
    N. Leddy D01000/0019:210
    A. Lee LW01011/1016:160
    M. Martin LW01220/0015:107
    S. Mayfield D01300/0220:301
    B. Nelson C10048/12021:011
    A. Pelech D00110/0022:093
    R. Pulock D00-100/0023:241
    D. Toews D00010/0018:010
    Total4702222/316-24
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    N. Backstrom C010411/4018:493
    T. Boyd RW00004/1008:402
    J. Carlson D00-460/0023:381
    L. Eller C00004/9215:350
    R. Gudas D00-130/0017:132
    C. Hagelin LW00000/0014:200
    G. Hathaway RW00010/0210:502
    N. Jensen D00310/0019:311
    M. Kempny D00-110/0012:591
    E. Kuznetsov C20-1310/6018:380
    B. Leipsic LW00030/0008:581
    D. Orlov D01240/0223:583
    T. Oshie RW01-112/2016:421
    A. Ovechkin LW01-130/0018:581
    R. Panik RW00020/0014:460
    J. Siegenthaler D00-120/0018:311
    J. Vrana LW00010/0015:520
    T. Wilson RW10040/0017:452
    Total3403931/226-21
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    S. Varlamov (W)393360.92360:00
    GOALIESSA
    S. Varlamov (W)39
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    B. Holtby (L)224180.81858:17
    GOALIESSA
    B. Holtby (L)22
    GOALS
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD
      PENALTIES
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD

      123T
      NYI25-10-3
      2204
      WAS27-9-5
      2103
      TEAM STATS
      3.06
      GF AVG
      2.74
      GA AVG
      .51
      Power Play
      3.89
      GF AVG
      3.22
      GA AVG
      .75
      Power Play
      All times are US/Eastern.