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'WE'RE NOT QUITTING IN HERE'

Saturday, 03.11.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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\'WE\'RE NOT QUITTING IN HERE\'
Islanders 3, Bruins 1

SCORESHEET | SUPER STATS

By Kerry Gwydir and Chris Botta

"We're not quittin' in here," said Trent Hunter. "Until someone tells us we're done, we're going to keep on fighting."

Hunter illustrated those words with perhaps the total team shift of the season so far with about six minutes left in the Islanders' 3-1 win over the Bruins in Boston tonight. For over a minute, Hunter, his linemates Mike York and Miroslav Satan, and defensemen Alexei Zhitnik and Denis Grebeshkov battled and battled, peppering Bruins goalie Tim Thomas with shots.

When Satan, head up and eyes on the net, sent a wrister to the Bruins' net, it was Hunter with the perfect deflection that gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead at 14:59 of the third period.

As if that wasn't enough, Islanders coach Brad Shaw sent anyone and everyone out on the ice in the final minutes to protect the lead. With Thomas pulled for an extra attacker, Chris Campoli made a gorgeous clear over three Bruins and got the puck to Alexei Yashin. The Islanders captain deposited the puck in the empty net with 24 seconds left and the Islanders had their win.

Long Island's hockey team is finally back over the .500 mark for the first time since Dec. 26. They are also closer to the pack inhabited by Tampa Bay and Montreal for the final spots in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.

"A very satisfying game," said Yashin, who led his team with seven shots. "I say that because everyone contributed. I think you can see the positive effect the young guys have had on our team."

"We lost four good players and friends," said Hunter, referring to the recently traded Mark Parrish, Brent Sopel, Brad Lukowich and Oleg Kvasha. "But that's part of the game and you always keep on playing. The new guys have added some enthusiasm and we've had two great wins the last two nights. We have to keep it going on the road next week."

The Islanders got behind 1-0 at 13:46 of the second when Brian Leetch beat Rick DiPietro from the hashmarks after Brad Boyes chipped a pass into the slot. A Mike York goal late in the second period had the game tied going into the final period.

The third period proved to be one of the Islanders' gutsiest of the season. And when they faltered, DiPietro was there to back them up every time. DiPietro made 32 saves. After allowing only three goals total over three consecutive Islander wins -- including being the best player in two shootout victories -- he will likely receive strong consideration for NHL Defensive Player of the Week.

"I say it all the time," said Shaw. "When we win, Ricky is usually our best player. That was the case again tonight, but he had a lot of competition. I was really happy with the effort."

NOTES: No disrespect to Tim Thomas, who was brilliant, but somehow the Bruins goalie was named the game's No. 1 star despite the loss. DiPietro was No. 2 and Hunter No. 3...Give it up for Joel Bouchard, who was run repeatedly and gave the Islanders 22 minutes of heart and soul defense...York and Satan were plus-3...Alexei Zhitnik made it a 60-minute double-dip after playing 29 minutes tonight. Grebeshkov was plus-2 and played almost 20 minutes.

ISLANDERS
FORWARDS
(15) Jeff Tambellini-(79) Alexei Yashin-(21) Robert Nilsson
(7) Trent Hunter -(16) Mike York-(81) Miroslav Satan
(55) Jason Blake-(17) Shawn Bates-(45) Arron Asham
(10) Sean Bergenheim-(28) Wyatt Smith-(49) Eric Godard

DEFENSE
(4) Joel Bouchard-(3) Denis Grebeshkov
(77) Alexei Zhitnik-(24) Radek Martinek
(14) Chris Campoli-(44) John Erskine

GOALTENDERS
(39) Richard DiPietro
(30) Garth Snow

BOSTON
(16) Marco Sturm-(37) Patrice Bergeron-(26) Brad Boyes
(29) Mariusz Czerkawski-(36) Marty Reasoner-(27) Glen Murray
(28) Dan Lacouture-(20) Wayne Primeau-(39) Travis Green
(83) Pat Leahy-(43) Yan Stastny-(12) Tom Fitzgerald

DEFENSE
(22) Brian Leetch-(41) Andrew Alberts
(25) Hal Gill-(6) Brad Stuart
(45) Mark Stuart-55) Dave Tanabe
 
GOALTENDERS
(30) Tim Thomas
(1) Andy Raycroft

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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