As Alex Ovechkin put plainly after the Islanders beat Washington, 5-3, Saturday night at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the Capitals "stopped playing" after the first period.

There were turnovers aplenty, inability to get pucks deep and lapses in the defensive zone that left New York players unguarded in front. But it wasn't goaltender Tomas Vokoun's night, either, and the veteran goaltender agreed.

"The first two and the fourth one, you can't win when your goalie gives up three bad goals," Vokoun said. "As much as we play hard, tough on back-to-back nights, I didn't help the guys much, obviously."