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Isles make first two shots count in defeat of Caps

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.

Game 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.