Chiasson leads balanced attack as Caps rout Islanders

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Alex Chiasson finished with one goal and two assists, and six Washington players scored a goal as the Capitals defeated the New York Islanders 6-3 on Friday night at Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.

The contest was the second part of a home-and-home series with the Islanders. Washington scored a 7-3 victory over New York in Brooklyn on Thursday night.

Chiasson got his goal in the third period and assisted on one goal apiece in the second and third periods. The goal he scored was Washington's third power-play tally of the night as the Capitals stretched their winning streak to four.

T.J. Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom, Matt Niskanen, Jakub Vrana and Lars Eller also scored lit the lamp for Washington.

Goalie Braden Holtby returned and started for the first time in five games. Washington coach Barry Trotz sat him down after a poor start versus Anaheim on March 6 -- allowing three goals on nine shots -- and Philipp Grubauer started the next four games (3-1-0).

However, Holtby needed to get back in the net and played more like his old self, making 22 saves and helping the Capitals win once more.

New York now has dropped 10 of its last 11 games.

Oshie had not scored in 19 games before getting two in Thursday's road victory. He scored the game's first goal by redirecting an Alex Ovechkin shot past goalie Jaroslav Halak from in front on a power play with 5:27 left in the first period.

New York tied it on an extra-man goal from Mathew Barzal 5:30 into the second period as a puck trickled to him from near the crease and he fired it past Holtby.

The Capitals took the lead back at the 7:12 mark of that period when Backstrom scored on a two-man advantage. Backstrom scored off a rebound to the goalie's right and gave Washington a 2-1 lead.

Niskanen made it 3-1 late in the period with a high wrist shot from the left circle that beat Halak on the short side.

Chiasson got his goal early in the third period, which gave Washington some more insurance and a 4-1 lead.

Vrana then scored before Brock Nelson and John Tavares added late power-play goals for New York. Eller's empty-netter finished it off for Washington.

--Field Level Media