New York, which last won three straight from Nov. 12-16, has won three in a row against the Capitals but is just 2-12-0 with one tie at home against Washington since the 1997-98 season.
The Islanders have found an offensive rhythm of late, recording consecutive 4-3 wins over Pittsburgh and Boston. Entering the game with the Penguins, the Islanders had scored at least four goals once in their last 14 games, going 3-10-1.
In the victory over the Bruins, Alexei Zhitnik and Mark Parrish scored 20 seconds apart midway through the third period to erase a 3-2 deficit. The Islanders had 21 shots in the period en route to a season-high 51.
Goaltender Rick DiPietro made 17 of his 41 saves in the final period and thwarted a two-man advantage for Boston with just under 6 minutes to play.
“It just seems like that kind of stuff has happened to us in the third period when we have a lead,” DiPietro said. “Hopefully, we can use this game as a turning point in the season.”
The Capitals ended a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.
Washington totaled four shots in the opening period and was outshot 35-24 for the game, but Jeff Halpern and Dainius Zubrus scored the game’s final two goals to give Washington its first win this season when scoring less than three goals.
“If two guys are going to go to (Ovechkin), right away as soon as he’s into the zone, it means there’s always going to be someone open,” Clark said. “After (50 games), people are starting to realize that this is the guy they have to go to.”
Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig has lost consecutive starts against the Islanders, but is 23-7-0 with two ties and a 2.25 goal-against average against them in his career—his most wins versus any opponent.
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