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NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Washington

(Monday, March 6th)

Final Score: Washington 5. NY Islanders 2

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Rookie Alexander Ovechkin scored twice, recording a goal for a sixth straight game and surpassed the 40-goal mark for the season, as the Washington Capitals upended the New York Islanders, 5-2, at the Verizon Center.

Ovechkin also had an assist, Bryan Muir scored twice and Olaf Kolzig stopped 40 shots for his 250th career victory, tying him with Johnny Bower for 35th all-time. Jeff Friesen had a goal and an assist to reach the 500-point mark in his NHL career, as the Capitals snapped a two-game skid and won for just the second time in eight contests.

Arron Asham and Joel Bouchard scored for the Islanders, who had a two-game victory streak broken.

Bouchard's first goal of the season brought New York within 3-2 at 1:13 of the third, but Muir tallied twice later in the period to ice Washington's first win in three tries against the Islanders this season.

Muir scored on the power play at 6:03 on a shot from the slot. It marked his first goal since December 1. Muir then iced the victory by scoring unassisted on a shot from the high slot with 3:21 left.

Ovechkin lit the lamp for his 40th goal of the season at 2:27 of the second on a wrister from the left circle before Asham came back with a goal nearly five minutes later.

Friesen then scored at 10:31 of the second in the slot with a backhander past the left pad of Garth Snow, but Ovechkin scored with just 0.5 seconds remaining in the second. Mike Green passed the puck from the right circle to the slot and Ovechkin tucked it just inside the left post for a 3-1 advantage.

Game Notes

Snow finished with 28 saves...Washington kicked off a five-game homestand. The Capitals' first three games after the Olympic break came on the road...New York was 0-for-6 on the power play, while Washington was 1-for-4...Dainius Zubrus had two assists for Washington...Ovechkin has seven goals and three assists in his last six games.

03/06 22:00:49 ET

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