WASHINGTON — Casey Cizikas scored twice for the first time this season and Tom Kuhnhackl got the go-ahead goal as the New York Islanders earned a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.

Former Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped 36 shots, helping former Washington coach Barry Trotz remain perfect in three return trips to D.C. since coaching the Capitals to the 2018 Stanley Cup title.

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his 14th and 15th goals for Washington, which lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5, DUCKS 2: Jonathan Marchessault scored twice, and Vegas defeated visiting Anaheim.

Vegas closed out December with a 9-4-2 mark and is on a 13-6-3 run since Nov. 17. The Golden Knights remained in sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division.

Since the Golden Knights entered the league for the 2017-18 season, the Ducks have gone 2-8-1 against them, including a 1-3-1 mark at T-Mobile Arena.

Mark Stone, Alex Tuch and Reilly Smith also scored for the Golden Knights, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves and improved to 15-4-0 against Anaheim. Fleury earned his 455th win to take over sixth place all time, passing Curtis Joseph.

LIGHTNING 6, SABRES 4: Alex Killorn scored two goals, Tyler Johnson had a goal and two assists, and Tampa Bay came back from a three-goal deficit to get its fourth straight win.

Ondrej Palat and Anthony Cirelli each added a goal and an assist as the Lightning opened a four-game road trip with their 12th consecutive win against an Atlantic Division opponent.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, WILD 1: Auston Matthews and William Nylander each had a goal and an assist, and Toronto won at Minnesota.

Alexander Kerfoot also scored and John Tavares added an empty-net goal for Toronto, which has won 13 of 18 games since Sheldon Keefe took over as coach.

Ryan Suter had a goal and Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves for Minnesota. The Wild, 10-4-3 at home, lost the first two games of a stretch in which they play 16 of 19 games at Xcel Energy Center.

HURRICANES 3, CANADIENS 1: Erik Haula had a goal and an assist and Charlie Lindgren made 33 saves in his first start of the season, leading Carolina to a win at home.

Max Domi scored for the seventh straight game for the Canadiens, who dropped their third straight.

BLUE JACKETS 4, PANTHERS 1: Zach Werenski got his first career hat trick, Elvis Merlikins stopped 36 shots in his first NHL start and Columbus beat visiting Florida.

Boone Jenner also scored for the Blue Jackets, who were missing 10 players to injuries and may have lost another, forward Alexander Texier, who left in the first period because of an upper-body injury.


PENGUINS: Pittsburgh’s leading scorer, Jake Guentzel, is out at least four months after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder.

Guentzel was injured in the third period of a 5-2 victory over Ottawa on Monday when he slammed into the boards shortly after tapping in his team-high 20th goal of the season.

BLUE JACKETS: Goaltender Joonas Korpisalo will be sidelined four to six weeks because of a knee injury.

The team said Korpisalo had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee. He was selected to participate in the NHL All-Star game on Jan. 25, but the injury likely will prevent that.

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