NHL Game Summary - Washington at NY Islanders
(Saturday, November 25th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Washington 1
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Jason Blake had two goals and Rick DiPietro made 33 saves as the New York Islanders defeated Washington, 4-1.
Richard Park also scored while Alexei Yashin finished with two helpers for the Islanders, who swept a three-game homestand and have won four of their last five games.
Alexander Ovechkin's 15th goal of the season was the lone tally for the slumping Capitals, who have dropped their last six games (0-4-2). Olaf Kolzig yielded three goals on 29 shots.
The Islanders drew first blood on Blake's first goal with five minutes left in the first period. With Washington down a man, Sean Hill found Blake on the doorstep and he stuffed the puck into the back of the net for the score.
Then, after the Capitals failed to capitalize on three New York penalties in the first period that were taken within a 1:08 of each other, Blake scored his second goal of the game just 1:18 into the second period.
Yashin's perfectly placed touch pass found Blake, who skated around Washington defenseman John Erskine before beating Kolzig to make it 2-0.
With 1:20 left before the second intermission, Kolzig appeared to control Alexei Zhitnik's shot from the high-slot. However, Capitals defenseman Shaone Morrisonn got in the netminder's way and Richard Park was able to stuff the puck past Kolzig to make it 3-0. A visibly upset Kolzig slammed his stick down in frustration after the goal.
Washington finally got on the scoreboard with Ovechkin's power play goal 2:48 into the final period, but the Capitals were unable to cut any further into their deficit.
After Brendan Witt was whistled for a delay of game penalty with a minute left in the third, Washington pulled Kolzig to created a 6-on-4 advantage. However, Trent Hunter scored on the empty net to ice the game.
"DiPietro played a heck of a game tonight, which I thought won them the game," said Kolzig. "Even though it's a tough loss, we gotta feel good with the fact that we played better and if we just stick with the game plan, those bounces will come our way.
There was some bad news for the Islanders as Yashin suffered a bruised right knee late in the third period. He will have an MRI on Monday.
"Any time a player goes down you're a little concerned," said Islanders head coach Ted Nolan. "We'll see how it reacts the next couple of days."
Before the game, the Islanders inducted former center Bob Bourne into their inaugural Hall of Fame. He is the first Islanders' player to receiver this honor without having his number retired by the team...Ovechkin's goal ended a streak of 16 straight power plays successfully killed by the Islanders.
11/26 00:06:44 ET