NHL Game Summary - Washington at NY Islanders
(Tuesday, January 31st)
Final Score: NY Islanders 5, Washington 3
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Jason Blake scored two third-period goals to break open what was a tie game and lift the New York Islanders over the Washington Capitals, 5-3, at Nassau Coliseum.
Oleg Kvasha also scored twice and Rick DiPietro made 26 saves for the Isles, who have won three straight for the first time since November 12-16. Miroslav Satan added his 20th tally of the season for New York.
"I don't think we played our best hockey in the first two periods," Blake said. "We played a little more desperate in the third period. (Alexei) Yashin made a good pass to me and I was fortunate to put it away. (Shawn) Bates won a key faceoff and made a great pass. I knew he was going to go off the boards with the pass. Fortunately it came to my stick."
Brian Willsie and Matt Pettinger tallied a goal and an assist each and Olaf Kolzig stopped 28 shots for Washington, which has lost four of its last five games. Jeff Friesen added his second goal of the season for the Caps.
Tied 3-3 in the third period, Blake one-timed a cross-ice pass from Yashin past Kolzig glove side high while on the power play to give the Islanders a 4-3 lead with 4:43 left in regulation.
The Caps pulled Kolzig with just over a minute left to play, but it was the Islanders that capitalized. Blake scored on the empty net with 13 seconds left to seal the win for New York.
Washington drew first blood with 2:40 left in the first period while on the power play after Willsie redirected the puck through DiPietro's five hole for a 1-0 lead. Pettinger took a shot from the right point that found Willsie in front.
Less than a minute later, New York tied the game after Kvasha swept a loose puck in the slot past Kolzig to make it 1-1.
The Capitals regained the lead 44 seconds into the second stanza while on the man advantage. Willise threw the puck on net from below the left circle and the disc hit Pettinger's leg and caromed over DiPietro to make it 2-1.
The Isles retied the contest 8:16 into the second period after Kvasha snapped off a shot from the left circle that cleanly beat Kolzig to make it 2-2.
New York took its first lead of the game 4:48 into the third period after Satan gathered a rebound in the left circle and whipped a wrister past Kolzig stick side high for a 3-2 advantage.
Washington netted the equalizer 18 seconds later after Friesen poked home a rebound from on the doorstep to make it 3-3.
The Islanders have won four in a row versus Washington...The Islanders scored at least four goals for just the second time in their last 15 games...Kolzig has lost three consecutive starts against the Islanders, but is 23-8-0 with two ties against them in his career -- his most wins versus any opponent...Washington finished 2-for-4 on the man advantage, while New York was 1-for-5.
01/31 22:07:18 ET