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Isles lose another goalie: Snow out four weeks

NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders will be without backup
goalie Garth Snow for up to four weeks after the 12-year NHL
veteran sprained ligaments in both knees.

The 36-year-old Snow was diagnosed Thursday with medial
collateral ligament sprains in both knees. He was injured with 8.5
seconds left in regulation in Wednesday night's 4-3 overtime win
against the Florida Panthers.

New York forward Jason Blake, the team's leading goal scorer
with 17, is likely out for both games against Carolina this weekend
because of bruised ribs. He was injured in the second period
against the Panthers. X-rays were negative.

Snow, filling in for injured regular Rick DiPietro, was injured
after stopping Martin Gelinas' rush. With the puck still loose,
Florida forward Nathan Horton and Islanders defenseman Alexei
Zhitnik fell onto him as he kneeled and leaned backward. He was
helped off the ice after making 36 saves.

Wade Dubielewicz made one save in the third period and two more
in overtime to earn his second NHL victory in his first appearance
this season, despite seeing only 2:24 of action.

The game marked Snow's second consecutive start of the season.
DiPietro sprained his left knee last Friday at Ottawa and sat out a
home loss to Tampa Bay on Monday. Snow is 4-7 with a 3.50
goals-against average in 12 games this season.

With DiPietro still considered day-to-day, the Islanders signed
Frederic Cloutier, who stopped 30 shots in AHL Bridgeport's 1-0 win
over Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Dubielewicz is with the Islanders for the third time this
season. He dressed as Snow's backup twice this season while
DiPietro nursed other injuries. He was 8-13-1 with a 3.12 GAA and
three shutouts this season with Bridgeport.

In three career NHL games, Dubielewicz is 2-0-1 -- allowing only
three goals on 53 shots in 107 minutes.

Cloutier, who has played three games this season with
Bridgeport, is 1-1 with a 2.15 GAA. In 14 games with Pensacola of
the ECHL, Cloutier is 5-6-2 with a 3.75 GAA.