By Ben Sullivan

Zdeno Chara scored his first goal with the Caps in a five-goal second period for a 6-3 win over visiting the New York Islanders.

Chara, a 43-year-old defenseman, signed a one-year contract with Washington Dec. 30 after 14 seasons with the Boston Bruins. He also had an assist.

“I returned to the bench to the guys right away because I just wanted to share the joy and excitement with them,” Chara said. “Since Day One, they’ve really done an amazing job welcoming me and making the transition as easy and simple as possible for me.”

Conor Sheary scored his first two goals with the Capitals, who completed a two-game sweep and extended their point streak to eight games (5-0-3), a Washington record to start a season; they won their first seven games in 2011-12. John Carlson had a goal and an assist, and Justin Schultz and Nicklas Backstrom each had two assists. Vitek Vanecek made 27 saves.

Washington played its fourth game without forwards Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov, defenseman Dmitry Orlov and goalie Ilya Samsonov, who have sat out in accordance with NHL COVID-19 protocols.

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