With first place in East at stake, Capitals clash with Penguins

Daniel Sprong, filling in for the injured Alex Ovechkin (lower-body injury) on the top line, scored the game’s only goal just 89 seconds in, and goalie Vitek Vanecek (18 saves) plus a strong defense kept the Islanders at bay. Pittsburgh (32-15-3, 67 points) fell out of first after a 3-1 loss to Boston on Tuesday. That ended a four-game winning streak for the Penguins.