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ISLANDERS 6, WASHINGTON 2

Saturday, 03.03.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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ISLANDERS 6, WASHINGTON 2
NYI take care of business with 3 power play goals

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Simply put, the Islanders did what they had to do tonight in taking a 6-2 victory over an under-manned but relentless Washington team.

The Capitals, who come to Long Island next Saturday night, battled throughout. But Ted Nolan's Islanders matched their opponent's work ethic and scored three power plays goals. To illustrate how much the power has improved this week, the Islanders had gone 17 games without scoring two power play goals in the same game.

"Give a lot of the credit to (GM) Garth Snow," said veteran Chris Simon, who scored in the second period to give the Islanders a 4-0 lead. "He brought over two players to really address a need: a big shot from the point in (Marc-Andre) Bergeron and someone to stand in front of the net in Smitty."

Smitty, of course, is Ryan Smyth, who was superb in his second game as an Islander. Although he was not credited with a point in either goal, Smyth was directly responsible for the Islanders' first and third power play goals of the night.

"That's one of the things Ryan does best," said Islanders head coach Ted Nolan. "Ryan being here gives us two excellent forward units on the power play."

The Islanders' new-look power play struck on its second opportunity of the first period. With Smyth planted in front of the net, Mike Sillinger's shot snuck by Brent Johnson with 9:17 remaining.

Miroslav Satan scored his 22nd goal of the season on another power play opportunity with 1:32 to go in the first. After keeping the puck in at the point, Sean Hill got it back from Jason Blake and fired it on net. Satan corralled the rebound and stuffed it home for a 2-0 Islanders lead.

Rick DiPietro kept the Islanders up by two when he stoned Brooks Laich in front. Laich received a pretty feed from Alexander Semin early in the second period during a Washington power play.

The Islanders took a 3-0 lead on their power-play goal of the game. Tom Poti fed Bergeron, who blasted his tenth goal of the season past Brent Johnson, 7:05 into the second period.

Chris Simon tacked on to the Islanders' advantage by banking in the fourth goal off Brent Johnson from behind the net with 3:34 left in the second period.

In the third period, another goal by Satan (at 5:00 of the period) gave the Islanders a 5-0 lead, but quick goals by Brians Pothier and Sutherby gave the Islanders a taste of what they're in for if they're not ready to play 60 next Saturday against the Caps.

Smyth scored his first goal as an Islander by crashing the net on a neat give-and-go with Randy Robitaille at 17:06 of the third. His smile said it all: he is an Islander.

"It was nice to get away from the distractions of the first 48 hours after the trade, get on the road with the guys, have a meal and get to know everyone," said Smyth. "The guys have welcomed me with open arms and I really appreciate it."

Then Smyth shared Ted Nolan's thoughts on the bench in the final seconds of the game. The coach put his arm on Smyth and, referring to this week's home-and-home with the rival Rangers said, "Okay, now are you ready for the Battle of New York"?


Five Stars of the Game:
1.  Marc-Andre-Bergeron:
a blast from the point for a goal, two assists, +2, 19:22 of icetime
2.  Miroslav Satan: two goals, on the puck all night
3. Tom Poti: two assists, +2 and a team-high 28:38 of ice
4. Brendan Witt: again, kept Alexander Ovechkin in check, and drew a double-minor
5. Ryan Smyth: first goal as an Islander and a threat throughout

Stat of the Game: Brendan Witt was credited with three blocked shots and seemed to get in the way of even more.

Notes: The Islanders announced today that forward Shawn Bates underwent successful surgery to repair a sports hernia and will be out indefinitely. Bates will likely miss the remainder of the regular season but could return for the Stanley Cup Playoffs...Captain Alexei Yashin made the road trip and his return appears imminent. Nolan said Yashin is now "working his way into game shape." Our prediction: the captain returns Thursday at the Coliseum for the Rangers...Rick DiPietro extended his career-high consecutive-games-played streak to 14...The Islanders have converted on the power play in five of their past six games.


ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
39 Rick DiPietro
1   Mike Dunham

Defensemen
32 Brendan Witt - 6 Sean Hill
14 Chris Campoli - 44 Freddy Meyer
3   Tom Poti - 47 Marc-Andre Bergeron

Forwards
94 Ryan Smyth - 27 Randy Robitaille - 55 Jason Blake
20 Richard Zednik - 25 Viktor Kozlov - 81 Miroslav Satan
11 Andy Hilbert - 18 Mike Sillinger - 7 Trent Hunter
45 Arron Asham - 10 Richard Park - 12 Chris Simon


WASHINGTON
Goaltenders
1   Brent Johnson
35 Frederic Cassivi

Defensemen
2   Brian Pothier - 55 Jeff Schultz
23 Milan Jurcina - 26 Shaone Morrisonn
4   John Erskine - 44 Steve Eminger
47 Bryan Muir

Forwards
8   Alexander Ovechkin - 24 Kris Beech - 28 Alexander Semin
43 Tomas Fleischman - 13 Jiri Novotny - 21 Brooks Laich
87 Donald Brashear - 16 Brian Sutherby - 10 Matt Bradley
27 Ben Clymer - 39 Alexandre Giroux

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 63 29 35 4 64
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 63 14 26 21 40
B. Nelson 63 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 63 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 57 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 51 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 53 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 63 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 53 4 20 16 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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