Islanders beat Capitals 2-0 in Trotz’s return to Washington
WASHINGTON (AP) — Josh Bailey and Cal Clutterbuck scored third-period goals, Thomas Greiss made 19 saves and the New York Islanders beat the Capitals 2-0 on Friday night in Barry Trotz’s return to Washington to move into first place in the Metropolitan Division.
Trotz’s Islanders have won four in a row and 14 of 17 games to leapfrog the team he coached to the Stanley Cup last year. They held Washington under 20 shots and improved to 7-0-0 in the second half of back-to-back sets this season.
The Capitals have hit a rough patch under new coach Todd Reirden, losing four in a row for the first time since March 2017. Washington has just one 5-on-5 goal during its skid and has lost seven of 10.
Greiss wasn’t tested much on the way to his second shutout this season. Bailey redirected Mathew Barzal’s shot 5:08 into the third, and Clutterbuck scored on a 2-on-0 rush not long after.
Outscored 10-4 in consecutive losses, Pittsburgh fell behind on Clayton Keller’s first-period goal. The Penguins rallied in the second when Jusso Riikola and Jake Guentzel scored 40 seconds apart, but Derek Stepan scored with 5 1/2 minutes left in the third to tie it.
With his power-play goal, Keller became the fastest player in Arizona history to reach 100 points, hitting the mark in 132 career games.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Mike Matheson scored the winning goal and Florida beat Toronto to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Calgary was 3 for 3 with the man advantage, with every goal coming from the second power-play unit.
The Canadiens have won four in a row and five of the last six.
Oliver Bjorkstrand scored for Columbus.
Warren Foegele scored for Carolina.
Demko, who made one appearance for the Canucks last season, was called up Jan. 4 from Utica of the AHL after Vancouver traded backup goalie Anders Nilsson to Ottawa.
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