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Thursday, October 13th (All times eastern)

New York Islanders (1-2-0) at Washington Capitals (2-3-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Alexander Ovechkin tries to keep his sizzling start going tonight when the Washington Capitals welcome the New York Islanders to the MCI Center.

Ovechkin, the No.1 overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, was often overlooked heading into this season due to the presence of fellow phenom Sidney Crosby. However, it is Ovechkin off to the fast start, as he has scored four goals in his first five games.

On Wednesday against Carolina, the Caps held a 2-1 lead in the second period, but the Hurricanes reeled off the game's final six goals en route to a 7-2 win. Carolina converted on three of its seven power-play opportunities.

Ovechkin and Dainius Zubrus scored in the defeat, the Capitals' third in their first five games.

Capitals goaltender Olaf Kolzig was lifted with 12:03 left to play after yielding six goals in 25 shots. Brent Johnson replaced him and allowed one goal on 11 shots.

The Capitals will host Tampa Bay on Sunday.

New York, meanwhile, is 1-2-0 to begin the season, sandwiching losses to Buffalo and Florida around a win over Carolina. On Monday the Isles dropped a 3-1 contest to Roberto Luongo and the Panthers.

Luongo stopped 29 shots, including a penalty shot in the third period, to anchor Florida.

Rick DiPietro made 20 saves for the Islanders. Miroslav Satan scored the lone goal for New York, but he was also stopped on a penalty shot early in the third with his team trailing 2-1.

Satan, who signed with New York over the summer after spending most of his career with Buffalo, bagged his second goal in an Islanders' sweater.

New York will visit Philadelphia on Saturday.

The Capitals and Islanders split four games in 2003-04. New York snapped a 15- game road winless streak in the series (0-13-2) with a win on March 23, 2004.

10/13 10:34:07 ET


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