NEW YORK – Justin Williams sensed one of his linemates was getting tired late in the 3-on-3 overtime, so he waited for a line change. With rested teammates Williams went up the ice and got the winning goal.
Williams scored 4:16 into the extra period to lift the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
On the play, defenseman John Carlson sent the puck across to Williams, who sent a one-timer from beyond the top of the left faceoff circle past Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss for his 19th of the season.
“I was behind the net and I knew (Matt Niskanen) was tired so I asked him if he wanted to go change. He said ‘Yeah,’ so I let him go change, get some fresh guys out there,” Williams said. “Certainly didn’t get all of the one-timer but enough to get in.”
Alex Ovechkin scored twice in a 1:27 span early in the second period and Braden Holtby stopped 20 shots for Washington to get his league-leading 36th win of the season. The Capitals beat New York for the third time in three meetings this season.
Blues 2, Kings 1 (OT)
In St. Louis, Jaden Schwartz scored 1:40 into overtime, Brian Elliott was sharp again in goal and the Blues beat Los Angeles.
Coyotes 6, Stars 3
In Glendale, Arizona, Max Domi had two goals and an assist, linemate Anthony Duclair had three assists and the hosts beat Dallas at its own game.
The Coyotes scored a season-best six goals for the second straight game, racing past the NHL’s top-scoring team.
Penguins 6, Red Wings 3
In Pittsburgh, Phil Kessel scored twice, Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist and the Penguins got plenty of help from other players against Detroit.
Rangers 4, Maple Leafs 2
In Toronto, Derek Stepan scored with 1:31 remaining and Derick Brassard added an empty-netter for his second goal of the game.
Sharks 2, Panthers 1 (SO)
In Sunrise, Florida, Joe Pavelski scored the winning goal in the shootout.
Ducks 5, Canucks 2
In Vancouver, Ryan Getzlaf, Rickard Rakell and Sami Vatanen each had a goal and an assist and Anaheim beat the Canucks
Lightning 6, Jets 5 (SO)
In Tampa, Steven Stamkos scored in the fifth round of the shootout and the Lightning rebounded after blowing a three-goal lead to beat Winnipeg.
Predators 2, Bruins 0
In Nashville, Pekka Rinne made 29 saves, Filip Forsberg had a goal and an assist and the hosts blanked Boston.
Wild 5, Oilers 2
In Edmonton, Matt Dumba, Thomas Vanek and Mikael Granlund each had a goal and an assist and Minnesota won its third straight under interim coach John Torchetti.
Senators 4, Hurricanes 2
In Ottawa, Cody Ceci scored the winning goal early in the third period and the Senators beat Carolina.