SportsIslanders Capitals jump out quickly to beat Islanders Braden Holtby and Taylor Chorney of the Washington Capitals defend against Kyle Okposo of the New York Islanders during the first period at Barclays Center on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac By Arthur Staple email@example.com January 7, 2016 9:51 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email The Islanders gave up a couple of shaky goals to fall behind and could not catch up in a 4-1 loss to the NHL-leading Washington Capitals Thursday night at Barclays Center. Brock Nelson scored early in the second to cut the deficit to 2-1 and the Islanders came agonizingly close to tying the game late in the second period on the power play but could not beat Braden Holtby, who had 34 saves and is now 18-0-2 in his last 20 decisions. But Nicklas Backstrom picked Marek Zidlicky’s pocket and fed Nate Schmidt for a one-timer past Jaroslav Halak to extend Washington’s lead back to two and Backstrom scored into an empty net with 2:42 to go to seal it. Alex Ovechkin had the 497th goal of his career in the first, one of two Caps goals that snuck by Halak in the Isles goaltender’s first game since Dec. 21. By Arthur Staple firstname.lastname@example.org Arthur Staple was the Islanders beat writer. He has been at Newsday since 1997 and has covered hockey for more than a decade. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.