- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 25, 2009

UNIONDALE, N.Y. | Brooks Laich scored on a perfect feed from Mike Green in overtime as the Washington Capitals prevailed against the pesky New York Islanders, 3-2, at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night.

After the Islanders took a two-goal lead early in the third period, the Caps clawed their way back. Green cut the lead in half 6:02 into the final period. He ripped a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle inside the far post for his second tally of the season.

Keith Aucoin leveled the score at 13:10 with the help of some turbulence in front of the net caused by Alex Ovechkin. After Ovechkin gave Aucoin the puck, he went to the net and got tangled up with a defenseman and goaltender Dwayne Roloson.

Aucoin’s first shot came from the right circle. He collected his rebound, carried it behind the net and then banked a shot off Islanders center Josh Bailey in front for his first goal of the year.

Islanders defenseman Radek Martinek had the lone goal of the opening period, and it came while shorthanded. New York ended up with a three-on-two despite being down a man, and Martinek took a drop pass from Frans Nielsen and ripped a slap shot from just beyond the top of the circles to beat Caps netminder Jose Theodore.

It was the second straight period Washington has yielded a short-handed marker after giving one up in the third against Atlanta two nights before. New York outshot the Caps 10-5 in the opening period, as Washington went nearly 10 minutes without testing Roloson.

A knee-on-knee hit by New York’s Nate Thompson on Green appeared to spark the Caps to play with more emotion in the second period, but results did not follow.

Jeff Tambellini made it 2-0 Islanders 3:44 into the final period. After Bailey won the draw against Nicklas Backstrom to the right of Theodore, Blake Comeau sent a shot toward the net that would have gone wide, but Tambellini redirected just inside the near post.

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