Halak, 3 quick goals lead Islanders past Ovechkin, Caps 3-0

New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41), of Czech Republic, makes a save on a shot from Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
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WASHINGTON (AP) Shane Prince, Brock Nelson and Jason Chimera produced three goals in less than 4 1/2 minutes of the third period Thursday night, leading the New York Islanders to their first three-game winning streak of the season with a 3-0 victory over the Washington Capitals.

Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak – who led eighth-seeded Montreal to an upset of Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington in the 2010 playoffs, then briefly played for the Capitals in 2014 – made 38 saves for his first shutout of the season and 40th of his NHL career.

The Islanders entered with the fewest points in the Eastern Conference, including just one victory in eight road games, and were playing the second half of a back-to-back, while the Capitals were coming off a four-day break.