Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin returned in style Thursday by scoring the game-winning goal to beat the New York Islanders.

By The SI Staff
February 05, 2016

The Washington Capitals continued their Eastern Conference dominance Thursday night as they trumped the New York Islanders 3–2 on a slapshot by Alex Ovechkin.  He found the back of the net at the 17:20 mark of the third period after some tricky puck handling and a set up by T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom.

Ovechkin was wide open in the slot and did what he does best to sneak the puck past Jaroslav Halak.  

This was Ovechkin’s 29th goal of the season, putting him between Patrick Kane (31) and Jamie Benn (28) for the Art Ross Trophy. Ovechkin returned Thursday after serving a one-game suspension for skipping the NHL All-Star Game.

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The Capitals improved to 36-9-4 and lead the Metro Division by 15 points over the Rangers.

- Cait Platt

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