Isles shut out Caps


UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Alexei Yashin scored two of New York’s three power-play goals in the first period, and the Islanders snapped their season-worst, six-game losing streak by shutting down Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals 5-0.

Yashin stole the spotlight from his young Russian countrymate, who is trying to become the second NHL rookie to notch 50 goals and 100 points. Ovechkin needs two goals in the final five games to accomplish both feats, after he got to 99 points Friday in a home loss to Carolina.

Only Teemu Selanne, who had 76 goals and 132 points for Winnipeg in 1992-93, has reached both marks. The 20-year-old Ovechkin tied a season high by failing to score a goal in a sixth straight game.

Rick DiPietro made 20 saves in his sixth career shutout and the Islanders’ first of the season in their 77th game. The previous regular-season one was DiPietro’s 3-0 win over Washington on March 23, 2004.

Ovechkin recorded three shots and was on the ice for three goals against as his Caps rookie record, 11-game point streak ended. He saw little action in the final 10 minutes.

Yashin gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead at 3:10, 50 seconds into the power play. The New York captain stretched the advantage to 3-0 with 10.7 seconds left in the period, scoring on the Islanders’ 18th shot. Yashin took a pass from Jason Blake, cut through the left circle with a backhand-to-forehand move and put a shot in under the crossbar for his 28th goal.

Trent Hunter also scored a man-advantage goal for the Islanders, who went 3-for-3 on the power play in the first period despite being up for just 3:26. Hunter scored with 1:01 left in the frame during a delayed penalty.

Blake added his 26th, off an assist from Yashin, to make it 4-0 with 4:24 remaining in the second period. Robert Nilsson netted New York’s season-high fourth power-play goal 1:11 into the third. Blake had three assists, and Yashin and Nilsson each had two.

That was plenty of offense for DiPietro, whose best stop came when he turned aside Brooks Laich with a quick left-pad save on an in-close drive midway through the first period.

The Islanders registered 45 shots and beat the Capitals for the third time in four meetings to win the season series for the first time since 1996-97. Washington was on a 24-3-3 run against the Islanders before this season.

Notes: Kevin Colley, who retired this season after breaking his neck during a headfirst crash into the boards, received the Islanders’ Bob Nystrom Trophy – given to a player who exemplifies work ethic, leadership and dedication. The 27-year-old Colley was injured while attempting to check Washington’s Jamie Heward on Jan. 31. … Of the 13 NHL games Saturday, this was the only matchup in which both teams were already eliminated from playoff races. … Referee Stephane Auger briefly left the game after being struck in the leg by a puck.

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