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Islanders break slump in dramatic style

Nov 6, 2011, 12:12 AM EDT

Rick DiPietro AP

Garth Snow must be a happy man tonight. The New York Islanders ended their six-game losing streak in about the best way possible on Saturday:

1. They generated a 5-3 win against a legitimate Stanley Cup contender in the Washington Capitals.

2. The Islanders came back from a 2-0 deficit, showing some heart and toughness along the way.

3. Rick DiPietro earned his first win of the season, a fact that probably delighted Snow almost as much as the embattled goalie.

My guess is that win covered quite a bit of Snow’s wish list, although he might be a little pickier (especially since it’s possible to lay much of the blame on Tomas Vokoun, who tends to be really “off” in his rare off nights). The important thing is that the Isles kept themselves in the mix in the increasingly unpredictable East, a conference where no team is more than nine points from first place.*

So what’s next on the wish list? I’d nominate “earning their first road win of the season.”

* – As of this writing, at least.

  1. charlutes - Nov 6, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    The story is Washington runs out of gas after a road game the night before.

    • James O'Brien - Nov 6, 2011 at 1:00 AM

      No doubt that the back-to-back hurt the Caps, although that doesn’t get Vokoun off the hook …

    • bcisleman - Nov 6, 2011 at 1:35 AM

      So we’re giving mulligans for playing back to back are we? If the Caps are supposed to be legit Cup contenders, that shouldn’t matter.

      The real story is that the NYI are 12th in GA, 11th on the PP, & 14th on the PK. The only reason they hadn’t been winning is that player who normally score had not been doing so. They’d played much better against the Pens and the Sharks & might have beaten the Sharks but for a horrendous call in OT. Tonight they found a way to win.

  2. trbowman - Nov 6, 2011 at 3:29 AM

    BREAKING – Rick DiPietro stubs toe, to miss a month.

    • danphipps01 - Nov 6, 2011 at 4:08 AM

      Don’t worry, we’ve got seventy games still to go. He’ll trip on a flat surface and see himself out soon enough.

  3. bcjim - Nov 6, 2011 at 6:46 AM

    Caps lacked the stomach for a fight, especially after going up 2-0. Didn’t help that Vokoun was soft and their were hardly any pp ops.
    Forget it and move on.

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