UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- The Washington Capitals can certainly relate to the
troubles that have befallen the slumping New York Islanders.
Dainius Zubrus had a goal and an assist, and the Capitals dominated the
Islanders again with a 4-1 victory Tuesday night that sent New York to its
sixth straight loss.
Kip Miller, Jaromir Jagr and Joel Kwiatkowski also scored for the Capitals,
who became the last NHL team to win consecutive games this season.
"It wasn't lost on us," Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig said. "We've been
awful for the first two months, but now we're starting to turn it around a
Kolzig turned aside 25 shots, allowing only Arron Asham's goal in the
"I think we're on the way up, and they're on the way down," Kolzig said.
"A few weeks ago, they passed us, but we seem to be headed in opposite
Garth Snow made 21 saves for the Islanders, 1-24-3-1 in their last 29
meetings with Washington.
The Capitals took advantage of a four-minute, high-sticking penalty to Oleg
Kvasha by scoring twice.
Miller made it 1-0 at 3:19 when Kvasha and Islanders teammate Roman Hamrlik
were both in the penalty box. At the right crease, Miller's wrist shot ticked
off the tip of Snow's glove and went in.
Jagr made it 2-0 at 5:59 when he deflected Dainius Zubrus' centering pass
past Snow. It was Jagr's 10th goal this season.
"We figured if we got that first goal, we might have them," Capitals coach
Bruce Cassidy said. "They're going through some of the stuff that we went
through, so we know."
Kwiatkowski scored an easy goal at 9:41, skating in uncontested on Snow and
putting a backhander into the open net to make it 3-0.
After a scoreless second period, Zubrus broke in alone and beat Snow with a
high wrist shot 61 seconds into the third.
The Islanders (9-12-2) ended Kolzig's shutout bid 1:53 later when Asham
fended off defenseman Brendan Witt and made a backhand-to-forehand move to
bring New York within 4-1.
Islanders captain Michael Peca has just two goals this season, none since
Nov. 6. "Obviously, our situation is worse," Peca said. "We've addressed every
angle and every little thing, and there always seems to be one straw that
breaks our back."