NHL Game Summary - Washington at NY Islanders
(Monday, October 8th)
Final Score: Washington 2, NY Islanders 1
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Olaf Kolzig stopped 30 shots, leading the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders in a Columbus Day matinee matchup.
Viktor Kozlov and Brooks Laich scored for the Capitals, who won despite being outshot 31-12. Washington has now won three straight to start a season for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign.
"Most times in a game like this, the goalie is going to play a major part and that was the case," said Capitals head coach Glen Hanlon.
Richard Park had the lone tally for the Islanders, who failed to go 3-0 for the first time since 2001-02, when they started the season with four straight wins. Rick DiPietro let in two scores on only 12 shots.
Park gave the Islanders the early lead, tallying his first goal of the season with 13:30 left in the first period. Park took the feed from Darryl Bootland and flipped it past Kolzig, inside the left post, for a 1-0 lead.
Kozlov evened things with just over 12 minutes left in the second period. Alexander Ovechkin passed the puck to Kozlov at the top of the Islanders' zone, and Kozlov unleashed a rocket over DiPietro's right shoulder to make it a 1-1 game with 12:02 left in the second stanza.
Michael Nylander set up the eventual game-winner by intercepting a pass deep in New York ice, and lapping the zone before feeding Brian Pothier, who ripped a slapper on net. DiPietro made the initial save, but Laich was right there for the rebound, flipping the puck in for a 2-1 lead with 12:02 left in regulation.
"Anytime you lose a game, it's frustrating," said DiPietro. "It's unfortunate because we played hard. It's not the result we want obviously, but we're pretty happy with the effort."
Kolzig made a flurry of saves in the final two minutes to preserve the lead, as the Islanders could not break through for the equalizer.
Park was signed by the Isles to a two-year contract extension on Sunday...Islanders center Mike Comrie was named one of the NHL's Three Stars for the first week of the season. Comrie finished his first week with the Islanders with four goals, two assists for six points in consecutive wins over the Buffalo Sabres...The Caps ended a five-game losing streak at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders took three of four from Washington last season, and had taken four of five and eight of 10 overall entering play.
10/08 17:55:35 ET