New York
Islanders
38-29-11-4
Washington
Capitals
23-46-10-3

44 SOG
25 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
NYI
WSH
game recap

New York Islanders 5, Washington Capitals 4 FINAL

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:24 AM

Associated Press

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New York Islanders 5, Washington Capitals 4 FINAL
New York Islanders 5, Washington Capitals 4

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alexei Yashin freed the New York Islanders from 61/2 years of frustration in Washington.

Yashin snapped a tie early in the third period and the New York Islanders beat the Capitals 5-4 Sunday night for their first victory in Washington since 1997.

"We haven't matched up with Washington well the last seven years," Islanders coach Steve Stirling said. "They have some skill, they have some talent. We fell behind and to come out, save a good period for the third period and hang on at the end -- that's a good win for us to get back in the win column on the road"

Yashin scooped up Mariusz Czerkawski's pass in the neutral zone, skated across the blue line and surprised Washington goaltender Olaf Kolzig with a low wrist shot at 1:09 for his 12th goal.

"I think they tried to clear to where we forecheck in the neutral zone," Yashin said. "It worked because we got the turnover. I got the opportunity to shoot the puck and I'm glad it went in."

The Islanders, who broke a two-game losing streak and a six-game road skid, had been 0-13-2 on the road against the Capitals since beating them 2-0 on March 2, 1997, at the team's former arena.

Justin Papineau, Mark Parrish, Kenny Jonsson and Czerkawski also scored for New York, which had been outscored 10-2 in two previous losses to the Capitals this season.

Robert Lang had two power-play goals, and Brian Willsie and Kip Miller also scored for Washington, which had a 1-0-2 unbeaten streak halted.

Papineau worked a give-and-go with Oleg Kvasha in the right circle, beating defenseman Rick Berry badly and scoring from close range 3:17 into the game.

Lang's first goal tied it at 14:30 of the first and Willsie's unassisted goal put Washington ahead 4:48 into the second. Willsie stole the puck from Dave Scatchard along the boards in the Islanders zone, skated between the circles and flipped in a backhander.

An interference penalty on Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro set up Miller's power-play tally for a 3-1 Capitals lead. Six seconds into the man advantage, Miller skated to the crease to convert Sergei Gonchar's pass from the left point at 6:42.

DiPietro, who allowed three goals on 12 shots, was then replaced by Garth Snow. Snow had been the starter in each of New York's previous six games. He made 12 saves on 13 shots and earned the victory.

Washington's penalty kill fell apart late in the second period, allowing New York to tie the game with a pair of power-play goals in the final 2:23.

"The power play got us back in the game, but then what happened was a specialty teams reversal," Washington coach Glen Hanlon said.

Parrish, at the left post, tipped in Shawn Bates' pass out of the left corner at 17:37, and Jonsson scored on a shot from the left point at 19:29.

After Yashin's tiebreaking goal, Czerkawski gave the Islanders a 5-3 cushion with 6:01 remaining in regulation. He swept a shot into the upper left corner of the net from the right circle for his 400th NHL point.

Lang got the Capitals within 5-4 with 1:15 left.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:17
NYI
Justin Papineau (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Oleg Kvasha (12), Adrian Aucoin (17)
1 - 0 NYI
14:30
WSH
PPG - Robert Lang (18) Backhand shot - ASST: Jaromir Jagr (22), Peter Bondra (7)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
04:48
WSH
Brian Willsie (3) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 1 WSH
06:42
WSH
PPG - Kip Miller (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Sergei Gonchar (28), Peter Bondra (8)
3 - 1 WSH
17:37
NYI
PPG - Mark Parrish (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Shawn Bates (13), Adrian Aucoin (18)
3 - 2 WSH
19:29
NYI
PPG - Kenny Jonsson (2) Tip-in - ASST: Shawn Bates (14), Trent Hunter (9)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
01:09
NYI
Alexei Yashin (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Mariusz Czerkawski (12)
4 - 3 NYI
13:50
NYI
Mariusz Czerkawski (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Arron Asham (5)
5 - 3 NYI
18:45
WSH
PPG - Robert Lang (19) Wrist shot - ASST: Sergei Gonchar (29), Peter Bondra (9)
5 - 4 NYI
penalty summary
1st Period
04:49
WSH
Joel Kwiatkowski  Hooking against  Jason Blake
13:59
NYI
Roman Hamrlik  Elbowing against  Boyd Gordon
2nd Period
06:36
NYI
Rick DiPietro  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jeff Halpern
11:55
NYI
Arron Asham  Tripping against  Joel Kwiatkowski
17:04
WSH
Jason Doig  Hi-sticking against  Oleg Kvasha
18:21
WSH
Robert Lang  Tripping against  Mark Parrish
3rd Period
17:35
NYI
Adrian Aucoin  Holding against  Matt Pettinger
17:35
WSH
Matt Pettinger  Diving against  Adrian Aucoin
17:55
NYI
Roman Hamrlik  Holding against  Robert Lang
goalie stats
Garth Snow
SA: 13TOI: 33:03
Saves: 12EV: 10 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .923SH: 0 - 0
Rick DiPietro
SA: 12TOI: 26:42
Saves: 9EV: 8 - 9
PIM: 2PP: 0 - 2
SV%: .750SH: 1 - 1
Olie Kolzig
Olie Kolzig
SA: 44TOI: 58:28
Saves: 39EV: 37 - 40
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .886SH: 0 - 0
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