Mike Green scored his fifth goal in four games, Braden Holtby made 35 saves and then was perfect in the shootout and the Washington Capitals' long, slow comeback toward a playoff spot took another big step Thursday night with a 2-1 shootout win over the New York Islanders.
Holtby denied Frans Nielsen, Brad Boyes and John Tavares in the shootout for the Capitals, who moved into a tie on points with Winnipeg atop the Southeast Division after the Jets lost 4-1 at Montreal.
Either way, Washington will still have two games in hand against Winnipeg, a major turnaround for a Capitals team that started 2-8-1. They've won six of their last eight.
Green scored on a wrister from the right circle with 13 seconds remaining in the first period, and Alex Ovechkin was the only player from either team to find the net in the shootout.
The Islanders tied the game on Kyle Okposo's one-timer with 4:59 to play in regulation.
The workhouse during the Capitals' recent surge, Holtby made his 10th conse...