With so many good teams near the top of the Metropolitan Division, coach Barry Trotz knows his Washington Capitals need to bring their best effort every night if they plan to keep pace.
Matt Niskanen scored two goals in the third period, lifting the visiting Capitals over the New York Islanders, 4-2, on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.
Brett Connolly and Justin Williams also scored for Washington, which improved to 18-7-3. Dating to a 2-1 overtime loss at Tampa Bay, the Capitals have earned 11 out of a possible 12 points.
"We need to continue to have consistency," Trotz said....