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NY Islanders 4, Washington 0
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, August 20, 2020
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
Referees: Frederic L'Ecuyer, Wes McCauley
Linesmen: Matt MacPherson, Derek Nansen
Attendance: N/A

Anthony Beauvillier scored twice Thursday night for the New York Islanders, who eliminated the Washington Capitals with a 4-0 win in Game 5 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinals series in Toronto.

The sixth-seeded Islanders, who beat the Florida Panthers in four games in a qualifying round series and won more games this month (seven) than they did in February and March combined (six), will face a yet-to-be determined opponent in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

It's the Islanders' second trip to the conference semifinals in as many seasons under head coach Barry Trotz, who resigned as the Capitals' head coach shortly after directing Washington to the franchise's first Stanley Cup in June 2018.

The Islanders were swept by the Carolina Hurricanes last year. This is the first time New York has gotten beyond the first round of the playoffs in back-to-back years since 1984-85, when it won its fourth straight Stanley Cup and fell in the Finals, respectively.

Nick Leddy and Josh Bailey scored empty netters late in the third period. Goalie Semyon Varlamov made 21 saves in his first playoff shutout since Apr. 24, 2009, when he blanked the New York Rangers as a member of the Capitals.

The first-round exit is the second straight for the third-seeded Capitals and head coach Todd Reirden, who replaced Trotz, and is likely to lead to an offseason of change for an organization with under $11 million in salary cap space. Goalie Braden Holtby, who split the job during the regular season with 23-year-old rookie Ilya Samsonov, recorded 13 saves.

A long-awaited power play goal put the Islanders ahead just beyond the midway point of the first period. Holtby turned back a shot by Brock Nelson, but the rebound caromed to Nelson, who passed to Beauvillier as the left winger swooped in from the top of the right faceoff circle. With Holtby on his knees at the top of the left crease, Beauvillier fired a shot between Brenden Dillon and Carl Hagelin, the latter of whom went to one knee but could not block the puck as it sailed into the open net at the 10:19 mark.

The goal was just the second power play tally for the Islanders in 20 opportunities in the series.

An impressive effort by Josh Bailey and Beauvillier led to the Islanders' second goal 9:33 into the second. Bailey picked up a loose puck along the boards in the New York zone and raced up the ice. With Capitals defenseman John Carlson to his left and Dillon to his right, Bailey faked a pass, which left Carlson flat-footed, and then darted between the two Washington players and dished to Beauvillier, who went to the backhand and beat Holtby from point-blank range.

The Capitals nearly cut the gap in half 1:22 into the third, but Varlamov gloved a slapshot by Nicklas Backstrom from the top of the crease. Washington pulled Holtby with about three minutes left, but Leddy and Bailey scored their length-of-the-ice empty netters.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
NY Islanders   Washington
Josh Bailey 3 Points N/A
Anthony Beauvillier 2 Goals N/A
Josh Bailey 2 Assists N/A
Anthony Beauvillier 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Semyon Varlamov 1.000 Save Percentage Braden Holtby .867
Semyon Varlamov 21 Saves Braden Holtby 13
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
NY Islanders 17 4 1-3 2-2 4 23
Washington 21 0 0-2 2-3 6 22