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New York
Islanders
36-40-6
Washington
Capitals
29-41-12

49 SOG
29 SOG
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NYI
WSH
game recap

New York Islanders 5, Washington Capitals 3 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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New York Islanders 5, Washington Capitals 3 FINAL
New York Islanders 5, Washington Capitals 3

WASHINGTON (AP) - The New York Islanders took advantage of a rusty goalie and a weary team on Thursday night.

Jason Blake and Petteri Nokelainen both had a goal and an assist and Oleg Kvasha added three assists to lead the Islanders to a 5-3 victory over the Washington Capitals.

Alexei Yashin, Trent Hunter and Mark Parrish also scored for New York, which scored on its first two shots of the game. The Islanders, who have won two of three overall, had been 1-12-2 in their last 15 games at MCI Center.

``The quick start helps us,'' Islanders coach Steve Stirling said. ``It takes the wind out of their sails. ... But I like the way we were resilient after two (periods) when it was 3-2. I like that we came out in the third period and put it away.''

Matt Bradley scored twice and Steve Eminger added a goal and an assist for the Capitals, who were playing their sixth game in nine days. Washington has lost two straight and four of five.

Alexander Ovechkin, the first pick in the 2004 draft, had an assist and has a point in each of the Capitals' six games.

Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro left the game 11:09 into the second period after sustaining a mild concussion in a headlong dive to stop a drive down the slot by Jeff Halpern. DiPietro is listed as day-to-day.

Garth Snow replaced him and made 13 saves in his first action of the season, allowing Bradley's second goal with 37 seconds to play.

``Guys have as much confidence in Garth as they do in Rick,'' Parrish said. ``(Garth) keeps those old bones limber on the bench, so he's ready.''

While Snow was ready for relief duty, Capitals goaltender Brent Johnson was shaky in his first start of the season.

Johnson, acquired on waivers from Vancouver on Oct. 4, subbed for Olaf Kolzig, who had started the Capitals' first five games. Johnson's only previous action was 12 minutes of mop-up duty in Wednesday's 7-2 loss at Carolina.

New York scored on its first two shots - and three of its first five - to build the early lead. The Islanders finished with a season-high 49 shots.

``I haven't played that much in a long time and I felt the nerves,'' Johnson said. ``On the first and second goals, you could really tell.''

Yashin redirected a feed from Brad Lukowich past Johnson 2:10 into the game. Hunter scored 1:13 later, sweeping the puck from the left corner and bouncing it in off Johnson's right leg.

Blake made it 3-0 with a short-handed goal at 8:24.

Bradley circled the net, pulled up near the left circle and wristed a shot past DiPietro at 9:42 to make it 3-1. Eminger pulled the Capitals within a goal 7:52 into the second period, seven seconds after a Washington power play expired.

Nokelainen recorded his first NHL goal 1:03 into the third period and Parrish made it 5-2 1:13 later.

Notes: Eminger had his first career multipoint game. ... The Islanders failed to score a power-play goal for the first time this season, going 0-for-7 with the man advantage. ... Halpern returned to action after missing Wednesday's game while observing Yom Kippur. ... Washington C Andrew Cassells left the game after being struck in the ankle with a puck. He is day-to-day.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:10
NYI
Alexei Yashin (2) ASST: Brad Lukowich (1), Miroslav Satan (1)
1 - 0 NYI
03:13
NYI
Trent Hunter (1) ASST: Jason Blake (1), Robert Nilsson (1)
2 - 0 NYI
08:24
NYI
SHG - Jason Blake (3) ASST: Oleg Kvasha (2), Brad Lukowich (2)
3 - 0 NYI
09:42
WSH
Matt Bradley (1) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (3), Steve Eminger (2)
3 - 1 NYI
2nd Period
07:52
WSH
Steve Eminger (2) ASST: Brian Willsie (1), Dainius Zubrus (2)
3 - 2 NYI
3rd Period
01:03
NYI
Petteri Nokelainen (1) ASST: Oleg Kvasha (3)
4 - 2 NYI
03:23
NYI
Mark Parrish (1) ASST: Petteri Nokelainen (1), Oleg Kvasha (4)
5 - 2 NYI
19:23
WSH
Matt Bradley (2) ASST: Dainius Zubrus (3)
5 - 3 NYI
penalty summary
1st Period
07:36
NYI
Brent Sopel  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
11:20
WSH
Jamie Heward  Hooking against  Robert Nilsson
13:04
NYI
Trent Hunter  Elbowing against  Shaone Morrisonn
13:04
WSH
Shaone Morrisonn  Roughing against  Trent Hunter
13:29
WSH
Brendan Witt  Tripping against  Jason Blake
15:33
NYI
Arron Asham  Fighting (maj) against  Brendan Witt
15:33
WSH
Brendan Witt  Fighting (maj) against  Arron Asham
19:05
WSH
Jeff Halpern  Tripping against  Brent Sopel
2nd Period
05:45
NYI
Radek Martinek  Hooking against  Boyd Gordon
10:37
WSH
Petr Sykora  Interference
15:46
WSH
Brian Willsie  Hi-sticking
3rd Period
03:53
WSH
Dainius Zubrus  Holding against  Robert Nilsson
07:22
NYI
Mark Parrish  Holding against  Shaone Morrisonn
10:19
NYI
Janne Niinimaa  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
12:33
WSH
Brendan Witt  Interference against  Jason Blake
14:23
NYI
Jason Blake  Slashing against  Ben Clymer
14:23
NYI
Jason Blake  Fighting (maj) against  Ben Clymer
14:23
WSH
Ben Clymer  Fighting (maj) against  Jason Blake
goalie stats
Garth Snow
Garth Snow
SA: 14TOI: 31:07
Saves: 13EV: 7 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .929SH: 0 - 0
Rick DiPietro
Rick DiPietro
SA: 15TOI: 28:51
Saves: 13EV: 10 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .867SH: 0 - 0
Brent Johnson
SA: 49TOI: 59:10
Saves: 44EV: 26 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 17 - 17
SV%: .898SH: 1 - 2