John Tavares broke a tie with 5:18 left to help the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Matt Moulson forced a turnover by Washington defenseman Mike Green next to the Capitals' net and fed Tavares in the right circle for his 20th goal of the season. Michael Grabner and Josh Bailey also scored for the Islanders.
Mike Ribeiro and John Carlson scored for Washington.
New York (15-15-3) and Washington (15-17-1) are fighting for playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders have won two straight and improved to 9-5-1 on the road. They also ended Washington's winning streak at three games.
New York's Evgeni Nabokov made 20 saves to improve to 12-1-2 lifetime against Washington.
Braden Holtby stopped 28 shots for Washington.
The Capitals had several scoring chances early in the third. Nabokov stopped Troy Brouwer alone in front in the opening minutes of the period and Alex Ovechkin on a slap shot about 6 minutes in.
With the Islanders alread...