WASHINGTON 2, ISLANDERS 1, SO
By Jason Lockhart
Alexander Semin scored the only goal in the shootout as the Washington Capitals defeated the Islanders 2-1 at the Verizon Center Sunday afternoon.
Olaf Kolzig earned the win by stopping 31 of 32 shots in regulation in overtime and all three Islanders shooters in the shootout. Rick DiPietro came up just short turning aside 30 of 31 shots in regulation and overtime.
Matt Pettinger scored off a rebound 2:58 into the first period to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead after Richard Zednik's wraparound stuff was denied by DiPietro.
The Islanders erased the Capitals' lead 27 seconds into the second period, while shorthanded. After failing to convert on a 2-on-1 rush, Mike Sillinger scored after Trent Hunter fed him in front for a tip-in.
DiPietro made his best save of the game when Matt Bradley cut to the net with the puck. Bradley's shot nearly got to the goal line, but DiPietro's left skate knocked the puck aside to keep the scored tied at one.
Sean Hill also came up huge in overtime, stopping a shot from the point that was goal-bound with DiPietro scrambling in the crease.
Semin scored in the shootout with a tricky deke to the backhand, while none of the Islanders shooters could get one past Kolzig.
The Islanders next play the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday evening.
Five Stars of the Game:
1. Olaf Kolzig: Stopped 34 of 35 shots, including three in the shootout
2. Rick DiPietro: Allowed only one goal on 31 shots in the losing effort
3. Alexander Semin: Converted in the shootout
4. Mike Sillinger: Scored the Islanders' lone goal
5. Matt Pettinger: Opened the scoring.
Stat of the Game: Sean Hill was tied for first on the team in hits (5) and third in shots (5).
Slapshots: This was the first time Brendan Witt and Chris Simon played in Washington, against their former team the Capitals, which they played on for nine and seven years respectively...Trent Hunter extended his point-streak to seven games...The Islanders were the last Eastern Conference team to visit the Verizon Center this season...Drew Fata made his NHL debut after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft...The game was marred by several extended stoppages due to malfunctioning glass supports...Mike Sillinger scored the Islanders' sixth shorthanded goal of the season...Alexei Yashin (knee), Shawn Bates (groin), Radek Martinek (leg), Tom Poti (back) and Bruno Gervais (ankle) were today's Islanders scratches.
39 Rick DiPietro
1 Mike Dunham
32 Brendan Witt - 6 Sean Hill
14 Chris Campoli - 44 Freddy Meyer
38 Allan Rourke- 49 Drew Fata
11 Andy Hilbert - 18 Mike Sillinger - 7 Trent Hunter
12 Chris Simon - 27 Randy Robitaille 55 Jason Blake
15 Jeff Tambellini - 25 Viktor Kozlov - 81 Miroslav Satan
10 Richard Park - 51 Frans Nielsen - 45 Arron Asham
37 Olaf Kolzig
1 Brent Johnson
55 Jeff Schultz - 44 Steve Eminger
52 Mike Green - 6 Jamie Heward
26 Shaone Morrisonn - 23 Milan Jurcina
8 Alexander Ovechkin - 9 Dainius Zubrus - 17 Chris Clark
20 Richard Zednik - 18 Matt Pettinger - 15 Boyd Gordon
28 Alexander Semin - 21 Brooks Laich - 14 Eric Fehr
87 Donald Brashear - 10 Matt Bradley - 16 Brian Sutherby