ISLANDERS 3, DALLAS 0
The Islanders improved to 8-6-2 on the season behind a 35-save shutout performance from Rick DiPietro Wednesday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Goals by Mike York, Jason Blake and Trent Hunter gave the Islanders a 3-0 win and their fourth consecutive road victory.
York got the Islanders off to a good start by cashing in on a Miroslav Satan rebound. York's fourth of the season was on the power play at 4:01 of the first period.
The Islanders kept it a 1-0 game with some gritty penalty killing. For 1:41 the Islanders were down two men in the first period, but like they did in New Jersey, they kept the opposition at bay. Brendan Witt blocked a number of shots, including one with his glove and DiPietro had to make a couple of sprawling saves to keep the momentum on the Islanders' side.
The magic of Blake and Alexei Yashin continued with 5:40 gone by in the second period. Chris Simon head-manned the puck to Blake, who skated into the offensive zone. Blake passed the puck across to Yashin, who returned the puck to Blake with a backhand one-timer. Blake corralled the puck and pushed it over the line for his team-leading ninth goal to make it 2-0 Islanders.
Hunter scored his third goal of the season with 4:29 left in the third period to make it 3-0 Islanders. Mike Sillinger fired a pass up to Viktor Kozlov, who skated in the offensive zone. Kozlov sent a backhand pass to Hunter, who fired a wrist shot over goaltender Marty Turco.
DiPietro held down the fort in the third period stopping 11 shots in the frame.
Five Stars of the Game:
1. Rick DiPietro: Seventh career shutout
2. Brendan Witt: Strong penalty killing and four blocked shots
3. Mike York: Got the scoring started on the power play
4. Jason Blake: Scored team-leading ninth goal
5. Alexei Yashin: A perfect pass on Blake's goal
Stat of the Game: 18 blocked shots by the Islanders
Slapshots: Alexei Yashin and Jason Blake have points in six of their past seven games. They both have nine points in that span Â¦Many of the Islanders' fathers are accompanying the team on the four-game road tripÂ¦The American Airlines Center will be the site of the 2007 NHL All-Star Game held on January 24Â¦Chris Campoli was a healthy scratch
39 Rick DiPietro
1 Mike Dunham
3 Tom Poti - 8 Bruno Gervais
32 Brendan Witt - 24 Radek Martinek
77 Alexei Zhitnik - 6 Sean Hill
12 Chris Simon - 79 Alexei Yashin - 55 Jason Blake
11 Andy Hilbert - 18 Mike Sillinger - 81 Miroslav Satan
7 Trent Hunter - 16 Mike York - 25 Viktor Kozlov
45 Arron Asham - 17 Shawn Bates - 10 Richard Park
35 Marty Turco
41 Mike Smith
5 Darryl Sydor - 56 Sergei Zubov
44 Jaroslav Modry - 3 Stephane Robidas
6 Trevor Daley - 43 Philippe Boucher
36 Jussi Jokinen - 20 Antti Miettinen- 9 Mike Modano
88 Eric Lindros - 63 Mike Ribeiro - 10 Brenden Morrow
27 Patrik Stefan - 11 Jeff Halpern - 26 Jere Lehtinen
15 Niklas Hagman - 14 Stu Barnes - 77 Matthew Barnaby