New York 3, Washington 2 shootout

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/20/2008 11:47:00 PM | | | | | | | |

Islanders website: Recaps the Islanders 3-2 shootout win against the Washington Capitals with Radek Martinek, Ted Nolan, Miroslav Satan comments , New York's first five game winning streak since December of 2003.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Not a classic on offense but it sure was on defense with Martinek and Meyer keying an excellent defensive effort across the board with Rick DiPietro making a few huge saves down the stretch. Martinek-Ovechkin was David-Goliath all night and even after a few big hits Martinek and Meyer kept him to the angles, make some huge poke checks and in overtime Martinek threw down Ovechkin and took the puck twice.

Great overall effort top to bottom defensively. Fata did a very solid job with Johnson who made a half dozen good reads and got the puck away from the net. Meyer, Bergeron and Berard outstanding, even if Berard's pinch cost them the 1-0 goal.

DiPietro's clearing attempt off Fata set up the 2-0 goal but the Isles blocked a ton of shots and only gave up fifteen shots through two periods.

Offense was disappointing overall with Fedotenko's line getting the best pressure, Park to Satan which Kolzig saved was the best setup, but Vasieck found Kolzig's pad for the tying goal after Guerin came out of the box, beat Poti but not Kolzig who was so far out of position Satan was wide open and made it 2-1 on the backhand.

Kid line did not get a lot of shifts or minutes tonight. Nielsen made one very good defensive play in the third.

DiPietro was great when he has to be down the stretch, he made a first period save on
on Ovechkin that had him wondering. Isles got lucky with some posts against him late but they did enough again to find a way to win.

Isles found a way in the shootout with Comrie making a great move for the game winner.

There it is folks, five straight wins, when they needed it most.

That also clinches a tie-breaker with the Caps if they tie in wins at the end of the season because Isles win the head to head matchup.

It may not be enough at the end of eighty two games but that's character. Reports the Sound Tigers won their fifth game in a row against the Norfolk Admirals on Wednesday 4-3. Matt Keith had the game winner with two goals, Kyle Okposo's goal in the third period tied the game.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio blog's on Bridgeport's win against Norfolk and how quickly Bridgeport is moving up the standings.