The Islanders gave Atlanta 11 power-play chances -- five in the
final period -- and a penalty shot, but DiPietro was the difference.
"Ricky made some key saves in the third period, and our penalty
killers were better than they were earlier in the game," Islanders
coach Steve Stirling said. "There is no question that our
goaltending has been our bright spot, night in and night out."
Ilya Kovalchuk had two power-play goals and Bobby Holik also
scored with the man advantage for Atlanta, which has lost five of
its last six. Adam Berkhoel stopped 22 shots for the Thrashers.
"I wish I had all four back," Berkhoel said. "I don't know if
it was all mental breakdowns or what, but I didn't help myself or
the team out."
The Islanders scored on their second shot of the game, with
Satan flipping a wrist shot over Berkhoel's glove. Satan has seven
goals this season, five in his last four games.
Kovalchuk tied it at 3:49 of the second period, beating DiPietro
off a rebound on a power play.
Atlanta's Patrik Stefan was awarded a penalty shot at 4:16 when
he was hauled down on a breakaway. On the attempt, Stefan's wrist
shot from about 20 feet missed the net completely.
"It might have gotten a piece of me, but I can't be sure,"
DiPietro said. "All I know is that it didn't go in, and that's
Atlanta scored on its next power-play opportunity to take a 2-1
lead at 7:39. Holik, parked in the slot, tipped a point shot home.
Yashin tied it at 11:00 on the power play on a tough angle shot.
He has five goals and six assists during his seven-game points
Yashin again connected on a power play goal to put New York
ahead 3-2. He flipped a rebound of Satan's shot over Berkhoel.
"What I liked about tonight was that every goal we scored was a
team goal," Yashin said. "It seemed that everyone was getting
involved in the goals, and we're going to continue to need that to
keep on winning."
Blake made it 4-2 with 36 seconds left in the period with a
Kovalchuk scored on a power play with 4:20 left.
DiPietro said that the new rules and the long layoff are
contributors to the penalty-box parade going on this season.
"You have to remember that we haven't played in almost 18
months and that we were thrown a bunch of new rules all at once,"
DiPietro said. "Guys are still adjusting to all this, but as time
goes on, I think things will be much better."
Sterling said most penalties are a result of poor defensive-zone
"Defensive-zone coverage is not brain surgery," Sterling said.
"You don't need a lot of talent to do it. All you need to do is
work hard and have the will to do it."
Coming into this season, the Thrashers were 7-11-2 lifetime
against the Islanders, but had a 5-5-0 record at Nassau Coliseum.
... Atlanta's Scott Mellanby played in his 1,300th NHL game,
becoming the 35th player in league history to reach the mark. ...
Atlanta opened a stretch of five road games in a six-game span.
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Arena: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Location: Uniondale, New York
Referees: Tom Kowal, Tim Peel Linesmen: Steve Miller, Derek Nansen
Attendance: 10,371 (63.6% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Miroslav Satan (7)
Assists: Alexei Yashin, Arron Asham