Published January 17, 2012
WASHINGTON – Evgeni Nabokov stopped 17 shots to hand the Washington Capitals their first shutout of the season, and the New York Islanders got two goals from PA Parenteau in a 3-0 victory Tuesday night.
The last-place Islanders ended Washington's seven-game, home winning streak and denied the Capitals' bid to move past idle Florida into first place in the Southeast Division.
It was the 51st career shutout for the 36-year-old Nabokov and first with New York. He has 301 career wins, including eight this season.
Playing the last of back-to-back games and for the fourth time in six days, the Islanders converted three of 28 shots against Tomas Vokoun, who came in 14-3 with a 2.03 goals-against average in 17 starts at home.
John Tavares extended his point streak to a career-best 10 games with a power-play goal at 12:05 of the first period, and that proved to be enough offense to back up a fine performance by Nabokov.
Parenteau scored in the second and third periods, his first multigoal performance in 152 NHL games, and Frans Nielsen and Matt Moulson each had two assists.
Tavares put the Islanders up 1-0 by deflecting a shot by Mark Streit past Vokoun. Tavares was positioned on the right side of the net when Streit took a shot from between the circles.
It was the first time in eight home games since Dec. 13 that the Capitals gave up the first goal or trailed at any time.
Washington was outshot 10-5 in the first period and called for three penalties.
Parenteau made it 2-0 at 6:05 of the second period. A poor pass in his own end of the ice by Washington's Dmitry Orlov was intercepted by Nielsen, who got the puck to Parenteau in the left circle. Parenteau then fired a shot that zipped past Vokoun's glove inside the left post.
Parenteau clinched it for the Islanders with a power-play goal at 12:38 of the third period.
NOTES: Tavares has six goals and 11 assists during his 10-game run. ... It was the 15th straight game in which the Capitals were held under 30 shots. It's their longest such streak since a 24-game run in 2004.