The New York Islanders let the Washington Capitals hang around well into the third period, then accepted the Caps' gift powerplays to run away in the final 10 minutes with a 5-2 win Saturday afternoon at Nassau Coliseum.

John Tavares notched the two difference-makers -- including the 100th of his NHL career -- while key Caps stars opened the gate via foolishness by Mike Ribeiro and turnovers by Alex Ovechkin.

This one had a very sleepy start. Doug Weight during the second intermission aptly called it "an NHL afternoon slopfest," and in the early minutes the Isles forced Evgeni Nabokov to make multiple routine yet annoyingly necessary saves as each team refused to assert control despite being given an opening by the opposition.