UNIONDALE, N.Y. — John Tavares scored a power-play goal late in overtime to lift the New York Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.

The goal, the ninth of the season for Tavares, came at 4:36 and was assisted by Ryan Strome and Johnny Boychuk. Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom was sent off for holding the stick at 2:38 to set up Tavares’ heroics.

The Islanders have set a franchise record by winning 16 of their first 22 games. They are 10-1-0 in their last 11 contests and 7-0 in extra time this season.

Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves for his eighth straight win. He has allowed only 10 goals in those eight wins.

Anders Lee and Travis Hamonic scored first-period goals for the Islanders, and Alex Ovechkin scored two power-play goals for the Capitals in his 700th NHL game.

New York (16-6-0) is 10-2 in November. Last season the Islanders were 4-10-1 during the month and didn’t win their 16th game until Jan. 7.

The Islanders came out flying against their division rivals and outshot the Capitals 12-9 in the opening period. The Islanders held an 11-10 shots advantage in the second and a 30-27 advantage heading into overtime.

The Capitals (9-8-4) have been inconsistent under new coach Barry Trotz, the team’s fourth coach in four seasons, and fell behind early.

Lee opened the scoring at 5:11, tapping a rebound past Washington goaltender Braden Holtby for his fourth goal. Strome and Brock Nelson assisted.

Ovechkin tied the game at 1-1 at 13:46 of the first on a one-timer from the left circle for his 10th of the season. He scored again at 18:47 of the second to tie the game again after Islanders forward Anders Lee received an extra two minutes for roughing during a fight with Washington’s Tom Wilson. The goal was the 433rd for Ovechkin.

Hamonic had given New York a 2-1 lead at 17:38 of the first.

LIGHTNING 4, RANGERS 3: Ryan Callahan scored twice against his former team for the second time in 10 days, and Tampa Bay beat former Lightning captain Martin St. Louis and visiting New York.

PENGUINS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 3: Blake Comeau scored his third goal of the game at 2:53 of overtime as Pittsburgh won at home.

JETS 2, SABRES 1: Bryan Little and Michael Frolik scored to give Winnipeg a win at Buffalo.

RED WINGS 5, FLYERS 2: Pavel Datsyuk scored twice in his return from an injury to lead Detroit over visiting Philadelphia.

Datsyuk missed the last four games with a sore groin.

Former UMaine goalie Jimmy Howard made 22 saves as Detroit won its second straight.

PANTHERS 1, HURRICANES 0: Nick Bjugstad scored an early goal that stood up, and Florida won at home despite an injury to Roberto Luongo.

Luongo made 11 saves before leaving with 9:38 left in the second period with an upper-body injury.


CANADIENS: Gilles Tremblay, a former Montreal forward who played on four Stanley Cup-winning teams in the 1960s, has died. He was 75.

BLUES: Martin Brodeur will practice starting Friday with the St. Louis Blues, who’ve lost goalie Brian Elliott indefinitely with a lower body injury.

The 42-year-old Brodeur said earlier this month he’s been working out and hoped to land a job.

Brodeur is the NHL leader in wins (688) and shutouts (124) and won three Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils (1995, 2000 and 2003).