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Satan's goal lifts Islanders past Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) -- Miroslav Satan waited for Henrik Lundqvist to
make the first move.

After watching Lundqvist stay deep in the crease to stop Alexei
Yashin's backhander on the first attempt in a shootout, Satan fired
a wrist shot past the rookie to help the New York Islanders beat
the Rangers 3-2 on Wednesday night.

"I just watched the goalie to see what he was going to do. I
was just trying to focus on him," Satan said. "He stayed in, so I
shot."

Satan, who had a power-play goal in the third period, was the
only shooter to score in the shootout, the first of the season for
both teams.

"I'm not that big of [a] fan [of] it," Satan said. "I don't think the
players like the pressure of a shootout, but it makes the game
exciting for the fans."

After Satan scored, the Rangers' Jaromir Jagr broke his stick on
a wrist shot, with Rick DiPietro easily stopping the puck.

"That certainly was a break for us," Islanders coach Steve
Stirling said.

In the final round of the shootout, the Islanders' Mark Parrish
missed the net and the Rangers' Michael Nylander also fired wide to
end the game and give the Islanders their first victory over the
Rangers in 11 games.

The Islanders were swept by the Rangers in six games in 2003-04
and were 0-8-2 in their previous 10 meetings since a 3-1 victory at
Madison Square Garden on Nov. 23, 2002.

DiPietro, who made 33 saves, was back in goal after sustaining a
concussion last week in Washington and missing a 5-1 loss to
Philadelphia on Saturday night.

"He was at the top of his game," Stirling said. "The time off
was good for him."

The game was the first of three between the teams in nine days.
They will meet again Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum and Oct. 27
at Madison Square Garden.

"This series is intense. We're going to try to keep it going
tomorrow," Satan said.

The Eastern Conference-leading Rangers had won their last three
games, all at home and all with Lundqvist in goal. The 23-year-old
Swede, starting in place of Kevin Weekes, beat Florida 4-0 on
Monday night for his first NHL shutout.

"You get frustrated to lose a shootout," said Lundqvist, who
had 23 saves. "You are so close to getting two points again. We're
just going to go out tomorrow and show we're a good team and fight
to the end."

Jagr's stick snapped in half when he tried to take a wrist shot.

"It probably happened in the last shift of overtime and I
didn't know about it," Jagr said. "All you need is a little bit
of a slash and they can break. ... That's the way it goes. I was
lucky on my goal and unlucky on the penalty shot."

After Satan scored on a power play to give the Islanders a 2-0
lead 28 seconds into the third, Jagr was credited with a goal 14
seconds later when Islanders defenseman Tomi Pettinen deflected a
centering attempt past DiPietro. The goal was Jagr's seventh of the
season and the first at even strength.

The Rangers tied it on a power play with 4:37 left in
regulation, with Petr Prucha deflecting fellow rookie Fedor
Tyutin's shot from the point past DiPietro.

Yashin opened the scoring on a two-man advantage in the first
period, ending the Rangers' string of successful penalty kills at
17 and also stopping their season-opening run of scoring first.

The Rangers had not allowed a power-play goal since Washington's
Alexander Ovechkin scored on a two-man advantage late in the
Capitals' 3-2 home victory Oct. 10, the Rangers' only regulation
loss of the season.

Game notes
DiPietro made a pad save on Steve Rucchin's wrist shot on
the Rangers' first attempt in the shootout. ... Weekes, returning
from a groin injury, served as Lundqvist's backup after being
activated from the injured list before the game. The Rangers also
recalled suspended defenseman Dale Purinton from Hartford and
returned goalie Chris Holt to the AHL team. Purinton, serving a
10-game suspension for gouging the eye of Boston's Colton Orr
during an exhibition game, will be eligible to return Oct. 27
against the Islanders. ... Jeff Taffe, acquired by the Rangers from
Phoenix on Tuesday in a trade that sent former first-round pick
Jamie Lundmark to the Coyotes, did not play. The 24-year-old center
did not score in two games for Phoenix this season.