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Islanders 5, Capitals 3

Secondary scoring kicks in; big night for Parenteau

Saturday, 11.5.2011 / 10:31 PM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Islanders 5, Capitals 3

Jack Capuano’s line changes woke up the New York Islanders secondary scoring, as they beat the Washington Capitals 5-3, ending their six game winless streak Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum.

Islanders celebrate a goal in their 5-3 win over Washingotn.
The line of PA Parenteau, Frans Nielsen and Brian Rolston combined for seven points as the Islanders fought themselves out of an early 2-0 deficit. Parenteau and Nielsen each had a goal and two assists, including Parenteau’s game winner.

“I think a little change never hurts,” Parenteau said. “New lines were the way to go, mix it up a little bit. It worked out tonight; hopefully we can keep it going for a while.” 

Nielsen ended the Islanders 110 minute goalless drought early in the second period. Punching up the middle of the ice against four Capitals, Nielsen backhanded his own rebound through Tomas Vokoun’s five-hole. 

Brian Rolston scored his first goal as an Islander blasting a slap-shot from the top of the circle that found its way through Vokoun. Rolston’s goal tied the game at 2-2 and woke up the fans, breathing life into what was starting to become a restless crowd.

“I thought we gelled as a line real well,” Rolston said. “I thought we were responsible defensively, first and foremost and offensively we got some chances on turnovers.”

Getting bodies in front of the net led to goals by Parenteau and Matt Martin, who corralled a Milan Jurcina rebound and put the Isles up early in the third.

“We brought the puck to the net and I think when we struggled five on five for the last four or five games we got away from that,” Parenteau said.

Brooks Laich would tie the game with a powerplay goal before Parenteau’s eventual winner. John Tavares would add an empty netter for insurance.

Alex Ovechkin and Joel Ward each had goals for the Capitals, who drop to 9-3 on the season.

Rick DiPietro recorded his first win of 2011-12, stopping 25 of 28 shots. DiPietro also assisted on Tavares’s goal, his first assist since Apr. 9. Vokoun made 30 saves on 34 shots, marking the third consecutive game the Islanders put over 30 shots on net.

There was patriotism in the air on Saturday as it was Military Appreciation Night at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders warmed up in camouflage jerseys and fans were treated to an upside down ceremonial puck drop and multiple tributes to American servicemen. The attendance for the game was 14,812.

The Islanders embark on a three game road trip beginning in Boston on Monday night.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
11 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .929 2.24
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