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NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Washington

(Sunday, February 4th)

Final Score: Washington 2, NY Islanders 1 (SO)

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Alexander Semin scored the lone goal in a shootout, as the Washington Capitals edged the New York Islanders, 2-1, at Verizon Center.

Matt Pettinger tallied in regulation for the Capitals, who halted their three- game losing streak and opened their four-game homestand with a victory. Olaf Kolzig made 31 saves and stopped all three shootout chances to post his 18th win of the season.

Mike Sillinger provided the only offense for the Islanders, who had their two- game win streak halted. Rick DiPietro stopped 30 shots in a losing cause.

With the Capitals electing to shoot first, Semin fired a wrister past DiPietro. In the following rounds, Alex Ovechkin and Dainius Zubrus failed to score for the Caps, and both Miroslav Satan and Viktor Kozlov were denied for the Isles.

On New York's final shootout try, Kolzig stopped Jason Blake by moving his pad against the far post as Blake moved several times from forehand to backhand before trying to sneak one through along the ice.

Washington took a 1-0 lead just 2:52 into the game, when Pettinger poked home a puck laying in the crease behind DiPietro.

The Isles goaltender made a spectacular save on Richard Zednik's wraparound shot, preventing the puck from going over the goal line by throwing out his goal stick. However, since his back was turned and no other Islander followed up on the play, Pettinger was able to sneak in and score.

Sillinger tied the game 27 seconds into the second on a short-handed opportunity, when Trent Hunter's initial left circle shot trickled off Kolzig's pads right to the lucky forward, who stashed it home for his 17th tally of the season.

Game Notes

New York has won six of the prior eight meetings, but each team has won once this year...Washington leads the all-time series, 79-76-13...The Caps beat the Islanders 5-4 in overtime on Super Bowl Sunday in 1991..New York fell to 4-3 in the shootout, while Washington improves to 1-5.

02/04 16:30:09 ET

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