New York at Washington

Guerin finds back of net three times for Islanders


WASHINGTON -- Bill Guerin scored his first New York Islanders goal. And his second. And his third.

The first one was the hardest for the free agent who became the instant Islanders captain. Put his entire effort together, and it added up to his ninth NHL hat trick in Thursday's 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals.

"Just getting the first one felt great," said Guerin, who signed a two-year, $9 million deal as a free agent from San Jose. "It was kind of getting the monkey off your back. It was good. I could sit back and be myself a little bit and stop pressing."

It's not that Guerin hasn't been producing -- he entered the game with a team-high six assists -- but his offensive outburst ended a two-game losing streak for the Islanders on a night when his team went 3-for-5 on the power play.

"A guy like Billy, he's a proven goal scorer," coach Ted Nolan said. "Once he gets the first one, things started to roll."

Sean Bergenheim and Bryan Berard also scored for the Islanders, who blew a 2-0 lead in the third period before rallying for three late goals. New York defenseman Chris Campoli had a career-high four assists, and Rick DiPietro made 27 saves.

Alexander Ovechkin and Tomas Fleischmann scored for the Capitals, who have lost three in a row after opening the season with three wins. Washington's special teams were a disaster: In addition to three power-play goals allowed, they went 0-for-6 with a man advantage, including a blown 52-second 5-on-3 opportunity in the second period. They are 4-for-31 on the power play this season.

Olie Kolzig had a horrid night, allowing three long slap-shot goals on power plays and committing a needless roughing penalty that gave New York a 5-on-3 advantage in the second period. The five goals allowed were more than he had yielded in his first three games combined. Through a team spokesman, he declined to speak to reporters after the game.

Without naming Kolzig, coach Glen Hanlon said he wasn't upset with his penalty-killing units.

"The power play is another story," Hanlon said. "We weren't happy. I'm going to have to make some changes."

Down by two goals after two periods, the Capitals rallied to tie within the first seven minutes of the third. Joe Motzko intercepted a pass at center ice and fed Ovechkin on an odd-man rush for the Russian forward's fourth goal of the season. Nicklas Backstrom had a player draped all over him on the boards when he somehow found Flesichmann in front of the net for an easy goal to make it 2-2.

But Chris Clark's tripping penalty gave Berard the chance to put the Islanders back ahead. Berard sent a slap shot under Kolzig's left pad with 10:41 remaining.

Guerin followed with another power-play slap shot to Kolzig's glove side with 5:52 left, then added an even-strength goal with 1:34 to play.

"Special teams had a big role," Berard said. "Penalty killing was tremendous -- so was power play. We scored three goals. Billy caught on fire."


  • Ovechkin has a point in each of his first six games.
  • The Capitals again played without Alexander Semin, out with a sprained ankle. "He's not even skating yet," Hanlon said. "He's still a ways away."
  • The Islanders' five goals matched their output from their previous four games combined.
  • Kolzig usually has the Islanders' number. The loss dropped him to 26-10 with two ties against the franchise, the most wins he has against any opponent.
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Bill Guerin tallies three times to get his scoring debut in an Islanders uniform in style. (AP)
Bill Guerin tallies three times to get his scoring debut in an Islanders uniform in style. (AP)
NY Islanders  (4-3-0) «1135
Washington (3-3-0)0022
Three Stars
B. Berard

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
A. Ovechkin

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
B. Guerin

Goals: 3
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
15:17Sean Bergenheim (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Miroslav Satan, Josef Vasicek
07:38Power Play - Bill Guerin (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Chris Campoli, Bryan Berard
01:41Alex Ovechkin (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Joe Motzko
06:14Tomas Fleischmann (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Nicklas Backstrom, Brian Pothier
09:39Power Play - Bryan Berard (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Chris Campoli, Miroslav Satan
14:08Power Play - Bill Guerin (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Chris Campoli, Bryan Berard
18:26Bill Guerin (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Mike Comrie, Chris Campoli
Penalty Summary
08:47Brashear, 2 min, Hooking
01:50Berard, 2 min, Hooking
05:50Kozlov, 2 min, Tripping
06:36Kolzig, 2 min, Roughing
10:43Martinek, 2 min, Tripping
11:51Gervais, 2 min, Slashing
14:16Fedotenko, 2 min, Hooking
02:59Johnson, 2 min, Holding
08:45Clark, 2 min, Tripping
12:45Jurcina, 2 min, Holding
15:07Vasicek, 2 min, Too Many Men on the Ice(bench)
New York58821
Rick DiPietro59:49272
Olaf Kolzig59:59165
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Referees - Chris Lee, Bill McCreary
Linesmen - Thor Nelson, Ryan Galloway
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