|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 08 October 2007 13:36|
With hoards of enthusiastic children, several NHL mascots and a sold-out Columbus Day crowd rooting on the Islanders on Kids Opening Day, Laich spoiled the party at 7:58 with his first goal in 21 games, dating to Feb. 27.
The Capitals improved to 3-0 for the first time since the 2002-03 season despite being outshot 31-12. That was the last time they reached the playoffs.
The Islanders were looking for their first 3-0 start since 2001, but were done in again by Kolzig. The Capitals goalie, in his 17th NHL season - all with Washington - improved to 26-9-2 against the Islanders, the most wins he's had against any opponent.
Viktor Kozlov got Washington even in the second period. Richard Park scored for the Islanders, who got 10 saves from Rick DiPietro.
Senators 4, Devils 2
OTTAWA (AP) - Daniel Alfredsson got his second assist on Wade Redden's power-play goal 5:33 into the third period before he scored into an empty net to lead Ottawa.
Jason Spezza also got his second assist of the game as Redden put the Senators up 3-1, though only after a video review clearly showed that the puck had crossed the goal line before it was swiped away by New Jersey defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski.
Alfredsson scored his fifth goal of the season into an empty net with 48.7 seconds remaining.
Dany Heatley got his fourth goal of the season and Chris Kelly also scored for Ottawa, which is off to its second 4-0 start in the past three seasons.