ISLANDERS 4, WASHINGTON 1

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ISLANDERS 4, WASHINGTON 1
Islanders honor Bourne with hall of fame and win

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By Jason Lockhart

On a night when Bob Bourne entered the Islanders Hall of Fame, Jason Blake showed 13,214 spectators his Bourne-like quickness to score the game-winner. The Islanders picked up their third win over Thanksgiving weekend by defeating the Washington Capitals 4-1 Saturday night.

Rick DiPietro stopped 33 shots and Blake scored two goals to put the Islanders five games over .500.

The Islanders first power play clicked to give them a 1-0 lead. Alexei Yashin got the puck back to Sean Hill and instead of shooting it, made a perfect pass to Blake parked at the side of the net. Blake tapped it home for his 13th goal -- the eighth on the power play -- with five minutes remaining in the first period.

The final five minutes of the first period saw the Islanders penalty killers go to work. After taking three consecutive penalties, the Islanders killed off over two minutes of a 5-on-3 man advantage. Spectacular goaltending from DiPietro kept the Islanders on top.

Blake made it 2-0 on a highlight-reel goal, 1:18 into the second period. While on the rush, Chris Simon fed Yashin, who flipped it over to Blake. The Minnesota native busted down the left wing past former Islander John Erskine and went around netminder Olaf Kolzig before putting it in on the backhand while flying through the air.

Chris Simon mixed it up with Erskine with 3:23 left in the second period. Both players traded heavy blows before falling to the ice to loud cheers from the crowd.

It was 3-0 after a scramble in front. Alexei Zhitnik˜s shot from the point could not be covered by Kolzig, so Richard Park picked up the loose change and banged it home with 1:20 left in the second period. Park's third goal of the season was also assisted by Arron Asham.

Alex Ovechkin cut the lead to 3-1 scoring off a rebound on the power, 2:48 into the third period.

Trent Hunter sealed the game in the final 50 seconds, scoring the Islanders' first shorthanded goal of the season. Hunter's empty-net goal led to "first place" chants from the Coliseum crowd.


Quotes:
Richard Park:
"It was encouraging that we got the first goal of the game. Our penalty kill was spectacular. The guys were really working hard out there. Once we realized what type of game we have to play to win, we've played much better. Fortunately we've been getting some good breaks."

Ted Nolan: "It was great for our team to get a win for Bob Bourne tonight. What I like best about the team tonight was the way we competed. A good example of that was Radek Martinek fending off Ovechkin towards the end of the game. That's the type of play we're looking for."

Jason Blake: "You work for your success and recently the bounces have been going our way. It's a good feeling to be in first place, but that can come and go. We still have a lot of work ahead of us."


Five Stars of the Game:
1. Jason Blake:
Two goals, including the game-winner
2. Rick DiPietro: Another strong performance for his ninth win of the season
3. Sean Hill: Two assists and five hits
4. Alex Ovechkin: Scored the lone Washington goal
5. Alexei Yashin: Two helpers

Stat of the Game: Tom Poti logged 24:09 of ice time.

Fan of the Game: Bob Durante originally from Brooklyn proudly sported his No. 14 Bob Bourne jersey to tonight's game. "It feels great to be here," said Bob. "I've had this jersey for the longest time. I think it's great that he's being honored. I remember watching an interview from 1983 when Billy Smith said how unbelievably Bourne stepped up during the playoffs with players injured. I thought he gave the Islanders a psychological edge with his speed." 

 

Slapshots:  Jason Blake and Alexei Yashin are on five-game point-scoring streaks...Sean Hill is now on a four-game point-scoring streak...The Islanders are five games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2003-04 season.

 

Game Operations: It was Bob Bourne's night and what a night it was. Howie Rose was masterful as MC and all the Islanders greats in attendance were heartfelt with their speeches. Bourne's tribute video included his famous end-to-end rush against the Rangers in the 1983 playoffs. The goal was replayed in slow motion, so that every subtle move was captured by the 13,214 spectators. Bourne's speech was moving as he thanked the Islanders organization and its fans. Bourne received a Hall of Fame watch and his banner will hang from the rafters until next year's inductee enters the Hall.

BOB BOURNE'S NIGHT PHOTO GALLERY


ISLANDERS
Goaltenders

39 Rick DiPietro
1   Mike Dunham

Defensemen
3   Tom Poti - 8 Bruno Gervais
32 Brendan Witt - 24 Radek Martinek
77 Alexei Zhitnik - 6 Sean Hill

Forwards
12 Chris Simon - 79 Alexei Yashin - 55 Jason Blake
7   Trent Hunter - 16 Mike York - 81 Miroslav Satan
11 Andy Hilbert - 18 Mike Sillinger - 25 Viktor Kozlov
45 Arron Asham - 17 Shawn Bates - 10 Richard Park


WASHINGTON
Goaltenders
37 Olaf Kolzig
1   Brent Johnson

Defensemen
26 Shaone Morrisonn - 2 Brian Pothier
4   John Erskine - 44 Steve Eminger  
47 Bryan Muir - 52 Mike Green

Forwards
17 Chris Clark - 9   Dainius Zubrus - 8 Alexander Ovechkin
38 Jakub Klepis - 18 Matt Pettinger 20 Richard Zednik
10 Matt Bradley - 16 Brian Sutherby - 27 Ben Clymer
21 Brooks Laich - 24 Kris Beech - 14 Eric Fehr

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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