NHL Game Summary - Washington at NY Islanders|
(Saturday, December 22nd)
Final Score: NY Islanders 3, Washington 2 (OT)
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Richard Park scored with 1:17 left in
overtime to lift the New York Islanders to a 3-2 win over the Washington
Capitals at Nassau Coliseum.
Park was marked by Capitals defenseman Mike Green as he skated behind the
Washington net. But Green was accidentally hit in the side of the head by
teammate Jeff Schultz's stick, leaving Green on the ice and Park all alone.
Park skated just to the left of the net, and when the puck came around, he
poked it between Olaf Kolzig's pads for the winning tally.
Bill Guerin and Miroslav Satan also scored for New York, which has won two
games in a row for the first time since mid-November. Rick DiPietro stopped 14
shots in the win.
"We've been falling behind a little bit and to get these four points in two
games is huge for us, and all of a sudden the picture is looking better
for us," Satan said. "Hopefully after the holidays we can continue playing
Alexander Semin and Alex Ovechkin each scored for Washington, and Viktor
Kozlov had assists on both goals, but the Capitals dropped their third game in
a row. Kolzig stopped 28-of-31 shots, and the Capitals registered just 16
shots on goal in the loss.
"For the first time in the 15 games I've been here, we couldn't generate
too much," Washington head coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It's obviously the
lowest shot total we've had, and I don't know whether it was the way they were
playing or the way we were playing, give them credit, but I'll look at the
That the game even went to overtime was slightly improbable. The teams scored
two goals through more than 57 minutes of game action, but packed two in the
Guerin scored the first, which broke a 1-1 tie, scoring on a rebound at the
left side of the net.
But with 54.8 seconds left, Ovechkin whipped a hurried shot from the top of
the left circle on net. It went untouched through traffic and tied the game,
Prior to that, the teams had trouble scoring. Half the game had already
elapsed before Satan opened the scoring at the 10:03 mark of the second
period. A Capitals player lost the puck in the offensive zone, and Josef
Vasicek recovered and quickly sent a pass to Satan as he rushed across the
Satan had every Washington player beat except one, but dropped his shoulder
and shifted his body left to get away, skating across the slot in the process.
He held the puck for a narrow-angle shot, drawing Kolzig out, and snapped a
shot into the net.
Washington tied the game late in the same stanza, on Semin's fifth goal of the
year. As he held the puck between the circles, he spun counter-clockwise and
ripped a shot on DiPietro, and the disc found its way across the goal line.
The Islanders hadn't won consecutive contests since they beat the Devils and
Rangers on November 16 and 19...With the win, DiPietro tied Kelly Hrudey (106)
for third place on the Islanders all-time wins list...The teams were a
combined 0-for-6 on power plays...Both teams resume play on December 26, with
the Islanders hosting Toronto, and the Capitals hosting Tampa Bay.
12/23 02:17:44 ET