New York at Washington

Smyth scores first goal since trade to Islanders

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WASHINGTON -- Ryan Smyth is already feeling comfortable in his new surroundings and the New York Islanders' power play is benefiting from his presence.

Smyth scored his first goal with New York, Miroslav Satan scored twice and the Islanders defeated the Washington Capitals 6-2 on Saturday night.

"One of my strengths is getting the privilege to play on the power play and to get the ice time I get," said Smith, who scored his 32nd goal -- the Islanders' last and his first since coming from Edmonton at the trade deadline earlier this week -- with 2:54 remaining in the game. "You want to contribute."

Mike Sillinger, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Chris Simon also scored for the Islanders, who have won five of six and recorded points in 17 of 19. New York's three power-play goals tied a season high.

The victory moved the seventh-place Islanders within a point of Atlanta in the Eastern Conference playoff race, where four points separated fifth through eighth places entering Saturday. New York pulled two points ahead of eighth-place Carolina.

"Nobody can do it but who's in this locker room," said Smyth. "We need to play with confidence and conviction."

Smyth, playing his second game with New York, was acquired to bolster the Islanders' postseason chances. His inclusion on the power play has transformed a group previously focused on perimeter passing into one possessing a net-attacking mind-set.

"It's obviously his presence at the net," Sillinger said of Smyth. "And every time the puck goes in the corner, he always comes up with the puck. He's really strong with the puck."

Brian Pothier and Brian Sutherby tallied for Washington, which has dropped nine of 10 games and lost for the sixth straight game at home.

The Capitals struggled to create offense with a shuffled, injury-depleted lineup despite a 29-26 edge in shots.

After dealing away Richard Zednik, Dainius Zubrus, Jamie Heward and Lawrence Nycholat before the Feb. 27 deadline, the Capitals lost Boyd Gordon (sore knee) and Matt Pettinger (broken right thumb) in Thursday night's loss to Tampa Bay. Washington's Kris Beech left in the second period after taking a puck off the knee.

"Five-on-five, we played pretty well," Sutherby said. "We took some penalties and got behind the eight-ball. We're missing some key penalty kill guys and when you lose those guys out of your lineup, it obviously hurts."

Power-play goals by Sillinger and Satan gave the Islanders a 2-0 first-period lead.

With Smyth crashing the net, Sillinger swept in a shot from the left circle that caromed in off the right leg of goaltender Brent Johnson at 10:43. Satan's goal came with 1:32 left in the opening period, a right-post stuff after Sean Hill's slapper from center-point had trickled through Johnson.

A double-minor against Donald Brashear erased a Capitals power play and set the stage for Bergeron's man-advantage goal 7:05 into the second. From the right point, Bergeron one-timed Tom Poti's cross-ice pass, clanging in his 10th goal off the left upright. The Islanders matched a season high with three power play goals.

With 3:34 remaining in the second, Simon's goal put the Islanders up 4-0. From behind the goal line to the left of the net, Simon squeezed a shot between Johnson's leg and the post.

Satan scored his second goal -- 23rd of the season -- five minutes into the third period on a shot from the left circle. Pothier and Sutherby scored 24 seconds apart later in the period.

Notes

  • Islanders G Rick DiPietro made a career-high 14th consecutive start.
  • Poti, Bergeron and Viktor Kozlov had two assists each.
  • New York played without D Bruno Gervais (ankle), C Shawn Bates (abdominal surgery) and C Alexei Yashin (knee).
  • Zednik assisted on Satan's second goal, his first point in three games since the Feb. 26 trade.
  • Washington's Alexander Ovechkin had a three-game goal-scoring streak halted.
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Ryan Smyth (94) tallies his first goal in an Islanders uniform, the 32nd marker this season. (AP)
Ryan Smyth (94) tallies his first goal in an Islanders uniform, the 32nd marker this season. (AP)

Scoreboard
NY Islanders  (33-23-9) «2226
Washington (24-30-12)0022
Three Stars
M. Bergeron
NYI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
M. Satan
NYI


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
R. Smyth
NYI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
10:43Power Play - Mike Sillinger (22), Slap Shot - Assists: Tom Poti, Marc-Andre Bergeron
18:28Power Play - Miroslav Satan (22), Tip-In - Assists: Sean Hill, Jason Blake
2ND PERIOD
07:05Power Play - Marc-Andre Bergeron (10), Slap Shot - Assists: Tom Poti, Viktor Kozlov
16:26Chris Simon (9), Slap Shot - Assists: Arron Asham, Richard Park
3RD PERIOD
05:00Miroslav Satan (23), Wrist Shot - Assists: Richard Zednik, Viktor Kozlov
07:39Power Play - Brian Pothier (2), Slap Shot - Unassisted.
08:13Brian Sutherby (7), Wrist Shot - Assist: Milan Jurcina
17:06Ryan Smyth (32), Tip-In - Assists: Randy Robitaille, Marc-Andre Bergeron
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:30Beech: Tripping - 2 min.
10:16Jurcina: Holding - 2 min.
12:14Poti: Cross Check - 2 min.
16:49Eminger: Holding - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
01:36Erskine: Delaying Game - 2 min.
04:16Asham: Too Many Men on the Ice(bench) - 2 min.
05:40Brashear: Roughing - 2 min.
05:40Brashear: Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.
09:29Hill: Interference - 2 min.
18:42Satan: Elbowing - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
07:20Meyer: Holding - 2 min.
09:06Witt: Interference - 2 min.
14:04Simon: Delaying Game - 2 min.
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123T
New York1210426
Washington581629
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Rick DiPietro59:52272
Frederic Cassivi15:0021
Brent Johnson44:58185
Game Information
Attendance - 16453
Referees - Rob Shick, Craig Spada
Linesmen - Greg Devorski, Brian Mach
 
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