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ISLANDERS 5, WASHINGTON 2

Saturday, 03.10.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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ISLANDERS 5, WASHINGTON 2
Isles cruise to victory over Caps

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By Jason Lockhart

The Islanders built a 4-0 lead through two periods against the Washington Capitals Saturday night at the Nassau Coliseum, and went on to win 5-2. Rick DiPietro turned aside 32 of 34 shots to earn his 30th win of the season, matching his career high he set last year.

Jason Blake scored two goals, while Mike Sillinger and Marc-Andre Bergeron added a goal and an assist. Ryan Smyth also tallied two assists for the Islanders, who remain in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference. With their 78 points on the season, the Islanders have matched the same total as last season.

"We're not really paying attention to the number of points we have," said DiPietro. "We're just concerned with winning games and moving up in the standings."

The Islanders opened the scoring when Sillinger found the back of the net with a slapshot, two minutes into the opening frame.

"It's important to get that first goal," said Ted Nolan. "The last couple of games we didn't come out the way we wanted to, but tonight we jumped out early on them and that helped secure the win."

Andy Hilbert added to the Islanders lead on another slapshot. Bergeron and Trent Hunter assisted on the goal with 7:19 remaining in the first period.

It became 3-0 off a highlight-reel goal by Blake with 7:30 to go in the second period. After gaining the blue line, Smyth got the puck to Blake who deked around goaltender Brent Johnson before sliding it into the net.

The Islanders converted on a late second-period power play for a 4-0 lead. Bergeron's blast from the right point could not be stopped by Johnson.

Alex Ovechkin broke DiPietro's shutout bid with a good individual effort, 4:17 into the third period. After taking the initial shot, Ovechkin gathered the rebound and scored on the backhand. The Capitals cut the lead to 4-2 on a goal by Brashear with 6:16 gone by in the third period.

That was as close as the Capitals would get as Blake tallied his 35th of the season on the empty net to make it 5-2.

"Every game is like a playoff game," said Blake. "Whether it's the Rangers, Capitals or anyone else, we need to bring our best. Tonight wasn't our best, but Ricky kept us in when we struggled."

Johnson stopped 24 of 28 shots in the losing effort. The Capitals went 0-for-3 on the man-advantage, while the Islanders converted on 1-of-5 power play opportunities.

The Islanders begin a four-game road trip on Tuesday when they travel to Montreal to face the Canadiens.


Five Stars of the Game:
1. Marc-Andre Bergeron:
A power play goal and an assist
2. Rick DiPietro: Picked up his 30th win for the second season in a row
3. Andy Hilbert: One tally
4. Jason Blake: Two goals, including the game-winner
5. Mike Sillinger: A goal and an assist


Stat of the Game: The Capitals broke their shutout streak of over 170 minutes.

NYI 365 Fans of the Game: Chris (9) and Jordan (6) attended the final NYI 365 Morning Skate of the season today. This is the second morning skate they've been to, and opposed to the first one, this time they successfully caught pucks to add to their collection. Jordan's a big Blake fan, while Chris listed his favorite game he attended this season, the 4-1 win over the Bruins on February 15th.

Slapshots: Rick DiPietro is the first Islanders goalie to record 30 wins in two separate seasons. He also started his 17th game in a row and the 200th of his career¦Brendan Witt recorded his 100th point when he assisted on Mike Sillinger's goal in the first period¦The Islanders are 25-0-4 when leading after two periods¦Tonight's attendance was 15,764¦The Capitals have now lost seven games in a row¦Shawn Bates (sports hernia), Bruno Gervais (ankle) and Viktor Kozlov (foot) were tonight's scratches...After scoring his goal, Donald Brashear was assessed a minor penalty for punching Brendan Witt in the face.

Game Operations: The Newbridge Flyers out of Bellmore were tonight's Mites on Ice during the first intermission¦Sam Mignoli, a freshman hockey player at Long Beach high school was a special guest of Garth Snow after sustaining serious injuries in a car accident in January. He was interviewed by in-game host C.J. Papa, and talked about his mother starting a foundation called "Pucks for Sam" in his honor¦Tonight's Commerce Bank Hometown Heroes were Penelope and tom Boerum, who are mentors for the Education & Assistance Corporation's Chance to Advance Program.

 


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 - 79 Alexei Yashin - 81 Miroslav Satan
11 Andy Hilbert - 18 Mike Sillinger - 7 Trent Hunter
45 Arron Asham - 10 Richard Park 15 Jeff Tambellini


WASHINGTON
Goaltenders

1   Brent Johnson
35 Frederic Cassivi

Defensemen
44 Steve Eminger 52 Mike Green
55 Jeff Schultz - 2   Brian Pothier
23 Milan Jurcina - 26 Shaone Morrisonn

Forwards
8   Alexander Ovechkin - 13 Jiri Novotny 17 Chris Clark
43 Tomas Fleischman - 24 Kris Beech - 28 Alexander Semin
21 Brooks Laich - 15 Boyd Gordon - 10 Matt Bradley
87 Donald Brashear - 16 Brian Sutherby - 27 Ben Clymer

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 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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