Now THAT was a nice win.
On the road, facing adversity in the third period in the guise of an overturned goal that preceded the loss of a two-goal lead, the Islanders buckled down and rallied with three goals while holding the Capitals without a shot over the final nine minutes of play. Bill Guerin scored a hat trick for his first three goals as an Islander, and the Isles scored three times on the power play. Like Schoolhouse Rock taught us: Three is a magic number.
How many times do you see something like a video replay go against a team, and then the momentum swings the other way? Well, this time the Islanders were able to regain that momentum after the Caps tied the score at 2-2, thanks to Bryan Berard's shot from the point. That's two goals for Berard - both of the game-winning variety. That's a move that's paying dividends.
Guerin also showed what kind of scorer he could be, adding to his six assists with his trio of tallies. His slapper made it 3-2 and then he took a nice pass from Comrie and flicked a wrister from the left circle to clinch it.
So many good things tonight -- Campoli continues to impress, particularly with his offensive instincts, with four (count em - four!) assists. Bergenheim also scored with assists from Vasicek and Satan -- that line has looked good so far, and the added scoring depth is crucial if this team is to succeed. And DiPietro was solid once again, making several big stops, including one on Ovechkin after the Caps drew within one.
Who? Ovechkin? Was he even on the ice? Exactly. VERY nice win.