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WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Green scored his fifth goal in four games, Braden Holtby made 35 saves and then was perfect in the shootout, and the Washington Capitals' long, slow comeback toward a playoff spot took another big step Thursday night with a 2-1 shootout win over the New York Islanders.

Holtby denied Frans Nielsen, Brad Boyes and John Tavares in the shootout for the Capitals, who moved — at least temporarily — into a tie on points with the Winnipeg Jets atop the Southeast Division, pending the outcome of the Jets' game against Montreal.

Green scored on a wrister from the right circle with 13 seconds remaining in the first period, and Alex Ovechkin was the only player from either team to find the net in the shootout.

The Islanders, who tied the game on Kyle Okposo's one-timer with 4:59 to play in regulation, leapfrogged the Rangers and New Jersey Devils to claim seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

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