Park lifts Islanders to victory, beating Capitals 3-2 in overtime

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP)—Richard Park’s goal 3:43 into overtime helped the New York Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.

Park took Radek Martinek’s pass in the lower left circle and beat Olie Kolzig with a wrist shot for his sixth goal of the season, giving the Islanders consecutive wins for the first time since Nov. 16-19.

Miroslav Satan and Bill Guerin also scored for the Islanders, and Rick DiPietro stopped 14 shots in his 106th NHL victory. That moved him into a third-place tie with Kelly Hrudey on New York’s career list.

Alexander Semin and Alex Ovechkin scored for the Capitals, 1-2-2 in their last five (1-2-2). Kolzig made 28 saves.

Guerin put New York up 2-1 with 2:06 left in regulation when he banged in the rebound of Chris Campoli’s point shot.

Ovechkin tied it with 54.8 seconds to go on a turnaround wrist shot from the left circle that caught DiPietro off guard. It was Ovechkin’s 25th goal this season.

DiPietro made a dazzling stop on Semin to keep the first period scoreless. He sprawled out and got his glove on Semin’s slap shot, then made a dive back to snare the puck as it trickled out of his glove and headed toward the goal line at 11:36.

New York was held without a goal for the 23rd time in 34 games in the first period. The Islanders’ 13 goals in that period are the fewest in the NHL.

The Islanders broke through on Kolzig at 10:03 of the second when Josef Vasicek sent Satan on a rush. Satan used his speed to keep the Washington defense away, and moved to his left, which drew Kolzig out of the net. Satan then found the open gap between the post and Kolzig for his 10th goal.

Satan has a point in six straight games (three goals, three assists).

Semin tied it with 2:08 left in the period when he found the puck 10 feet away from the net during a scramble and fired a wrist shot past DiPietro. It was the first of his five goals this season not scored in the third period.

Notes

In eight back-to-back scenarios this season, the Islanders are 6-2 in the second game. … Washington has more wins in fewer games under coach Bruce Boudreau (seven in 15 games) than they had when the fired Glen Hanlon was behind the bench (six wins in 21). … The Capitals won their other visit to Long Island, 2-1 on Oct. 10, when they had only 12 shots.

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