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Islanders edge past Washington to break losing streak


Alexei Yashin snapped a tie early in the third period and the New York Islanders beat the Capitals 5-4 Sunday night for their first victory in Washington since 1997.

The Islanders, who broke a two-game losing streak and a six-game road skid, had not won a road game against the Capitals since beating them 2-0 on March 2, 1997.

Justin Papineau, Mark Parrish, Kenny Jonsson and Czerkawski also scored for New York, which had been outscored 10-2 in two previous losses to the Capitals this season.

Robert Lang had two power-play goals, and Brian Willsie and Kip Miller also scored for Washington, which had a 1-0-2 unbeaten streak halted.

Thrashers 4, Flyers 1

In Atlanta, Ronald Petrovicky scored twice and Byron Dafoe made 25 saves to help Atlanta beat Philadelphia.

Ilya Kovalchuk added his NHL-leading 21st goal and Slava Kozlov also scored for the Thrashers, who won their second straight after a three-game losing streak, during which they were shut out in each.

John LeClair had a power-play goal for the Flyers, who fell behind 1-0 for the 13th straight game. Philadelphia has won just once in seven games (1-2-2-2), but stayed tied with Toronto for the points lead in the NHL (47).

Devils 2, Blackhawks 2

In Chicago, Ville Niemenen scored with 3:49 remaining in the third period to rally Chicago to a tie with New Jersey.

Chicago ended a two-game losing streak but has only one win in its last 20 games (1-12-4-3). New Jersey finished its five-game road trip with three wins and a tie.

Sharks 2, Mighty Ducks 1

In Anaheim, California, Niko Dimitrakos set up goals by Patrick Marleau and Vincent Damphouse and Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves as San Jose beat Anaheim.

Marleau opened the scoring at 11:40 of the first period with his 13th goal and fifth in seven games. He got a pass in the right circle from Dimitrakos and beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere to the stick side with a one-timer from 15 feet.

The Sharks received a two-man advantage less than four minutes into the second period after Michael Holmqvist and Keith Carney were sent off for high-sticking 29 seconds apart. Damphousse beat Giguere with a 20-foot backhander from the left circle for his third goal of the season, just as Holmqvist stepped out of the penalty box.

Dimitrakos also got an assist on that goal, giving the rookie seven points in his last 14 games.

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