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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 9 6 5 0 11
K. Okposo 9 1 6 0 7
F. Nielsen 9 3 2 -1 5
B. Nelson 9 1 4 -4 5
T. Hickey 9 1 4 -4 5
A. Quine 9 1 4 0 5
S. Prince 9 3 1 1 4
R. Strome 6 1 3 3 4
N. Leddy 9 1 3 3 4
C. Clutterbuck 9 2 1 -1 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Greiss 5 4 1 .930 2.34
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