WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 17: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals brings the puck down the ice against the New York Islanders at the Verizon Center on January 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Islanders Vs. Capitals: Washington Rallies Late; Ovechkin's OT Goal Defeats New York 3-2

The Capitals scored two goals in the final 3:29 to force overtime.

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Islanders Vs. Capitals Recap: Washington Stages Late Comeback And Alex Oveckin Scores In Overtime For Thrilling 3-2 Win

The Washington Capitals staged a dazzling comeback in the final five minutes against the New York Islanders and it was Alex Ovechkin who finished it off with an overtime goal and the 3-2 win. The three unanswered goals came in a little over five minutes of play, as Ovechkin ripped a low rocket through the five-hole of Evgeni Nabokov to win it just a minute and half into the extra session.

The Islanders took a two-goal lead just over two minutes into the third period as Matt Moulson scored his 27th goal of the season, beating Michal Neuvirth to give the Isles a multi-goal lead. The Caps stepped up the pressure but were unable to break through until Troy Brouwer finally ended the shutout with three and a half minutes remaining. Jason Chimera set up the play, hustling to play a puck in the corner and feeding it back to Matthieu Perreault on the boards. Perreault sent a perfect cross to Brouwer who was set up wide open on the far post and easily poked it in to cut the lead in half.

The Caps would tie it up in dramatic fashion, scoring with Neuvirth pulled and just 25 seconds remaining on the clock. It was Brouwer again, as he was credited with a deflection on a Brooks Laich shot from the point. With just thirty seconds remaining, the Isles dumped the puck into their own bench and failed to put it on the glass and clear it. A successful clear likely would have ended the game but instead the puck came back into the zone. The Caps and Jeff Halpern controlled the face-off and quickly got it back to the point where Laich fired into traffic.

Ovi would finish it off with the Caps' third unanswered goal and the thrilling overtime win. It was a crucial two points and Washington will look to build on the momentum on Friday night when the Devils visit Verizon Center.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Capitals, visit Japers' Rink, SB Nation's Caps blog. For all your NHL news as the race for playoffs heats up, check out SB Nation's hockey hub.

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Islanders Vs. Capitals: Caps Push Back, But Still Trail 1-0

The Washington Capitals may be down, but they are not out as the New York Islanders hold a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes.

New York started the period with momentum as Washington did its best to hold on and it did, largely because of Michal Neuvirth's stellar goaltending; he stopped all 12 shots he faced.

The Caps made a late push with some spirited shifts (they registered their first shot of the period about nine minutes in), but they could not beat Evgeni Nabokov. In fact, most of the Caps' best chances did not result in shots as they whiffed at several quality chances in tight.

The Caps hold a 20-15 shot advantage.

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Islanders Vs. Capitals: Isles Take Advantage Of Breakdown, Lead 1-0

The Washington Capitals opened their five-game homestand with a strong first period, but you would not know that by the score.

Even though they spent most of the first period without the puck, the New York Islanders lead the Caps 1-0 after 20 minutes.

Josh Bailey scored his seventh goal of the season at 4:14 on a great individual effort. Bailey entered the offensive zone and wound up for what ultimately turned into a shot fake, Jeff Schultz bit on the fake and slid out of position, which allowed Bailey to carve his way through the rest of the Caps' defense in the slot and fire a backhand past Michal Neuvirth.

The Caps actually dominated play for most of the period, earning 13 shots on goal to the Islanders' three, but could not beat Evgeni Nabokov despite their best efforts.

Washington is 0-for-2 on the power play. New York has not had a chance with the man advantage.

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Islanders Vs. Capitals: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Washington Capitals return home for a pivotal five-game homestand that could greatly help their chances at getting back into the Southeast Division race. Their opponent tonight is the New York Islanders, who currently sit in last in the Atlantic Division. If you can't make it out to the Verizon Center tonight, here is all the information you need to catch tonight's contest.

Location: Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Schedule: Comcast SportsNet
TV Announcers: Joe Beninnati and Craig Laughlin
Radio: WFED 1500 AM and the Washington Capitals Radio Network
Radio Announcers: John Walton and Ken Sabourin

For more updates on tonight's game, keep it to this StoryStream. For more coverage on the Washington Capitals make sure to visit Jasper's Rink. For more on the New York Islanders, swing by Lighthouse Hockey. For complete coverage of all the action in the NHL tonight, head on over to the SB Nation NHL Hub Page.

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Islanders Vs. Capitals: Mike Knuble, Roman Hamrlik To Be Healthy Scratches Again

BALLSTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals returned to work Tuesday after a quiet trade deadline to prepare for their game against the New York Islanders. Nothing changed at the deadline and nothing will apparently change Tuesday as Mike Knuble and Roman Hamrlik will likely be healthy scratches once again.

Knuble will now be a healthy scratch for six of the last 10 games, while Hamrlik will sit out for his fourth consecutive game. Both, along with John Erskine, took part in extra work after Tuesday's morning skate and did not speak to reporters after they left the ice.

Meanwhile, head coach Dale Hunter said that it will be a "game-time" decision on who will start in goal between Michal Neuvirth and Tomas Vokoun. Neuvirth started and won both of Washington's games this weekend, allowing three goals on 61 shots.

For more on the Caps, please visit SB Nation's Caps blog, Japers' Rink.

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Islanders Vs. Capitals: Caps Open Crucial Five-Game Homestand Against Isles

The Caps come home for a pivotal five-game homestand, which starts Tuesday against the Islanders.

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