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ISLANDERS 6, ATLANTA 0

Saturday, 12.16.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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ISLANDERS 6, ATLANTA 0
Ricky records his second shutout of the season as the Isles explode for six goals

By Jason Lockhart

The Islanders won by their widest margin of the season, bombarding Atlanta with six goals, and Rick DiPietro stopped all 37 shots to post his second shutout of the season. 

The crowd was immediately in the game, acknowledging Alexei Yashin's return to the ice -- who incidentally took his first shift with Chris Campoli, playing in his first Islanders game of the season -- with a standing ovation. From there, it was Miroslav Satan who put the Islanders on top.

After stealing the puck behind the net from Greg de Vries, Satan picked up Viktor Kozlov's rebound, kicked the puck to his stick and fired it past a sprawling Johan Hedberg, 8:04 into the first period.

Things got nasty with 3:31 left in the opening period. Brendan Witt went punch-for-punch in his first fight of the season with Jim Slater.

The Islanders exploded for three goals in the second period to put the game out of reach.

Yashin made his presence felt with his 11th goal of the season, 9:06 into the second period. Shawn Bates backhanded the puck to Yashin in the slot, who fired it over Hedberg for a 2-0 Islanders lead.

It was 3-0 on Andy Hilbert's third goal of the season, 41 seconds later. Arron Asham and Mike Sillinger worked the puck down low to Hilbert, who chipped it over Hedberg.

It took two tries, but Bates finally put it home to make it 4-0 Islanders. Bates broke in all alone shorthanded, but was stopped by Hedberg. By the time gathered the rebound and fed it to Bates, who slipped it home, Kozlov had returned from the penalty box. Bates goal with 3:19 left in the second period is his third of the season.

In the third, Kozlov tacked on one more corralling a loose puck in front and flipping it over Hedberg with 9:26 remaining in the final period. Sillinger put the nail in the coffin with a high wrister on a breakaway in the last five minutes of the game, while shorthanded. Hilbert fed Sillinger with a perfect pass to spring him free.


Quote:
Ted Nolan
: "Defensively we were sound, but when we did cough up the puck, Ricky was there to save us. He played a tremendous game and I'm glad he was able to pick up the shutout."

Rick DiPietro "This is a good indication we're starting to grow as a team, bouncing back from yesterday's game."

Shawn Bates: "It's nice to see Alexei back. He's obviously a big part of this team. He's the leader of our team and showed that with a strong performance in his first game back."


Five Stars of the Game:
1. Rick DiPietro:
Recorded his second shutout of the season
2. Shawn Bates: A goal and an assist
3. Alexei Yashin: A goal in his successful return
4. Andy Hilbert: Notched his third of the season and tallied an assist
5. Miroslav Satan: Got things going with the first goal and added an assist


Fans of the Game: Evan, Jerry and Craig, from Port Washington, are graduate students over at Fordham University taking in their first game of the season. They bought their student discount tickets today at the box office. Craig recalls seeing his first Islanders game about ten years ago against the Rangers back when the replacement refs were being used. "It was a wild game," said Craig. "I remember there being about four fights." "I'm hoping to come to the Rangers game on December 26," said Evan. "I'll be wearing a Santa Claus outfit."

 

 

 

Fan of the Game II: Supermodel Christie Brinkley attended tonight's game with her children. One of her sons is an avid Islanders fan, so Christie decided to travel all the way from the Hamptons to pay a visit to the Coliseum. Prior to the game, Christie and her sons were seen high-fiving the players before they stepped onto the ice.

 

 

 

 

Game Operations: The Islanders hosted the Toys of Hope toy drive today at the Coliseum. Fans who donated toys received a discount on tonight's tickets they purchased. Nearly a thousand toys were donated...Sections 109 and 122 were given noisemakers courtesy of the NY Lottery to help distract the opposing goaltenders. It appeared to work as Atlanta netminder, Johan Hedberg allowed five goals in the game.

 

 

 

Slapshots: Rick DiPietro recorded his eighth career shutout...Alexei Yashin returned to the ice after missing the past eight games...It was Chris Campoli's first game of the season...Tonight's attendance was 10,425.


ISLANDERS
Goaltenders

39 Rick DiPietro
1   Mike Dunham

Defensemen
32 Brendan Witt - 24 Radek Martinek
14 Chris Campoli - 6 Sean Hill
3   Tom Poti - 8 Bruno Gervais

Forwards
12 Chris Simon 79 Alexei Yashin - 55 Jason Blake
25 Viktor Kozlov - 16 Mike York - 81 Miroslav Satan
11 Andy Hilbert - 18 Mike Sillinger - 45 Arron Asham
33 Eric Boguniecki - 17 Shawn Bates - 10 Richard Park


ATLANTA
Goaltenders
1   Johan Hedberg
32 Kari Lehtonen

Defensemen
3 Vitaly Vishnevski - 7 Greg de Vries
28 Niclas Havelid - 34 Shane Hnidy
4 Braydon Coburn - 5 Steve McCarthy
 
Forwards
17 Ilya Kovalchuk - 10 Jason Krog - 19 Scott Mellanby
13 Slava Kozlov - 39 Niko Kapanen - 18 Marian Hossa
36 Eric Boulton - 16 Bobby Holik - 11 J.P. Vigier
14 Jon Sim - 9 Glen Metropolit - 23 Jim Slater

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .929 2.24
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