Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Ovechkin returned from a two-game absence to deliver two goals and an assist and lead the Washington Capitals to a 6-2 drubbing of the New York Islanders at Verizon Center.
Washington used a five-goal second period and four power-play markers to register its third consecutive victory. Marcus Johansson and Tom Wilson both netted a goal and an assist in the rout, with John Carlson and Alexander Urbom also scoring for the Capitals.
Nicklas Backstrom assisted on three of Washington's power-play tallies, while Braden Holtby made 34 saves to help make Ovechkin's comeback from an upper- body injury a successful one.
John Tavares and Kyle Okposo each had a goal and an assist for the Islanders, who had won two in a row entering the opener of a four-game road trip. Evgeni Nabokov allowed all six Washington goals on 39 shots.