NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Washington
(Thursday, October 13th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 5, Washington 3
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Petteri Nokelainen had a goal, his first in the NHL, and added an assist and Oleg Kvasha recorded three assists, as the New York Islanders defeated the Washington Capitals 5-3 at the MCI Center.
Alexei Yashin, Trent Hunter, Jason Blake and Mark Parrish scored for the Islanders, who improved to 2-2 on the season.
Matt Bradley had two goals and Steve Eminger had the other for the Capitals. Rookie phenom Alexander Ovechkin had an assist and has scored in all six games for Washington.
The Capitals are now 2-4 on the season.
Garth Snow made 13 saves after coming in halfway through the second period when Rick DiPietro left after a collision in front of the net. DiPietro had 13 saves. There was no word on the status of DiPietro after the game.
Brent Johnson, making his first start of the season, made 44 saves.
The Islanders drew first blood and did it quickly. Just 2:10 into the match Brad Lukowich took a shot from the top of the left circle and Yashin, who was just named team captain, tipped it past Johnson to give the Isles a 1-0 lead.
Just 1:03 later New York made it 2-0 on a shot that should have been a routine save. Hunter threw the puck towards the net from the left side boards and it squeezed under Johnson's right pad to increase the lead.
The Islanders kept up the pressure and made it 3-0 on a shorthanded goal. Blake and Kvasha skated in on a 2-on-1, and on a nice give-and-go play Blake put the puck past a sprawled out Johnson to extend the advantage.
New York scored three goals on its first five shots of the game.
The Capitals were able to cut into the lead halfway through the period. Bradley brought the puck from behind the right side of the net and slipped a shot through DiPietro's five-hole to make the score 3-1. That was the score when the first period ended.
Washington came out strong in the second period and it paid off. Brian Willsie took the puck behind the net and made a centering pass to Eminger, who got the puck past DiPietro to cut New York's lead to 3-2.
The Islanders appeared to get their two-goal lead back with 9:38 left when Hunter got the puck past Johnson. The referee immediately waived off the goal, and after a short review the call stood because Hunter had kicked the puck into the net.
New York had two power plays after the midway mark of the period but was unable to connect and the second ended 3-2.
The Islanders got the two-goal lead back 1:03 into the third period. Kvasha threw the disc from the left side and it hit Johnson. Nokelainen pushed the rebound under the netminder's pads to make the score 4-2.
New York then made it 5-2 on a goal by Parrish. Kvasha made a nice pass from the top of the left circle to Nokelainen down low on the right side. His backhand shot hit off of Johnson and Parrish knocked the rebound in for his first goal of the season.
The Capitals had a good power-play opportunity halfway through the third but were unsuccessful. Their best opportunity came when Jeff Friesen was all alone in front of the net, but Snow came up with a pad save on a backhander and the score remained 5-2.
Washington got a goal with 37 seconds left in the game. Dainius Zubrus made a nice pass to Bradley, who deked to the backhand and put it past Snow. That was it for the night and New York left the building with a 5-3 victory.
The Capitals will host Tampa Bay on Sunday...The Islanders play in Philadelphia on Saturday...Robert Nilsson had his first NHL point with an assist on Hunter's goal...Ovechkin's six-game scoring streak is the longest for a Capitals rookie to start a season...The Islanders have a three-game winning streak against the Capitals.
10/13 22:34:38 ET