Capitals goalie Braden Holtby stopped all 29 shots he faced for the Capitals in Sunday’s game against the Wild, but the Wild scored twice in the final six minutes to snap a two-game losing streak.
Holtby had just five shots in the first period and had to make 23 saves to beat the Wild 4-2.
It was his first shutout of the season.
Washington is 0-1-1 on the season and has lost five straight.
The Capitals are 3-4-2 on the road and are off at home against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.
“We got some really good breaks in there and that’s something we’ve been doing for a long time,” Capitals defenseman Justin Williams said.
“They didn’t come to us with any speed or any intensity.
We just kind of stuck to what we’ve done the last couple of games and got some good breaks.”
Defenseman Mike Green was credited with three assists for the Wild (9-8-4).
Center Cody Ceci had five points and six assists for Washington (12-9-4), which had won seven of its past nine games.
“It’s a good start to a tough stretch,” defenseman Erik Karlsson said.
The Wild lost for the first time since Nov. 10 after losing four of five.
The Islanders have won five straight at Washington and are 2-2-0 against the Capitals.
“I think we played well enough tonight,” forward Matt Moulson said.
Ryan Suter has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past six games against the Islanders.
Suter was not in net for the third straight game Saturday when the Capitals were 2-0-1.
The Isles, who have lost three of four, are in third place in the Metropolitan Division and have allowed a combined 40 goals in their past two games.