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Devils top Islanders in shootout, extend win streak to nine

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Devils have yet to
lose in 2006.

Zach Parise scored in the fifth round of the shootout to give
the Devils a 3-2 victory Saturday over the New York Islanders,
extending their winning streak to nine. New Jersey last lost on New
Year's Eve.

"It's so much fun in the locker room," Parise said. "Guys
enjoy coming to the rink and we're showing it on the ice.
Everything is coming together for us."

Miroslav Satan, the first Islander up, beat Martin Brodeur over
the right shoulder for New York's only goal in the shootout.

"I had a number of things in mind, depending on how he
reacted," Satan said. "He covers the net really well. I was able
to find a space."

Patrik Elias, New Jersey's second shooter, swung wide right
before cutting to the crease to beat Rick DiPietro to create the
1-1 deadlock heading into the sudden-death portion.

The fifth shooters were pivotal as the Islanders Trent Hunter
hit the post before Parise got the winner on a
forehand-backhand-forehand deke that sent DiPietro sprawling.

"I had the move picked out," Parise said. "I just tried to
take my time."

In regulation, Sergei Brylin and Elias each scored for the
Devils, who moved closer to the franchise record of 13 straight
wins set from Feb. 26-March 23, 2001.

"The players are not looking at the streak as something totally
exceptional," said CEO, general manager and coach Lou Lamoriello.
"They are more focused on doing the things that give us the chance
to do what has to be done."

Brodeur made 37 saves through regulation and overtime.

The Islanders staged a spirited comeback on third-period goals
by Satan and Mark Parrish to wipe out a 2-0 Devils lead.

Satan drove the right wing to beat Brodeur at 10:32.

Parrish pulled the Islanders even with a 5-on-3 powerplay goal
at 13:38. With New Jersey defensemen Brian Rafalski and Colin White
in the penalty box, Alexei Yashin drilled a hard pass across the
crease that Parrish tipped past Brodeur.

That set the stage for the overtime where DiPietro made several
stellar saves including two on Elias.

"I think it is encouraging that we are working harder,"
DiPietro said. "Our work ethic has improved and, if that
continues, we will start making strides."

Brylin, set up nicely by Parise, scored the only goal of the
opening period at 15:24. Parise sent a backhand pass across the
slot to Brylin, who directed the puck inside the left post.

The Islanders dominated the second period, outshooting the
Devils 16-6. Brodeur was sharp in the middle period. He made solid
saves on Jason Blake, Parrish and Hunter and caught major breaks
when Blake and Satan both hit the post.

In the third, the Devils went ahead 2-0 as Elias scored on the
power play at 6:11. Elias, who has four goals in eight games since
recovering from hepatitis, deflected Brian Rafalski's point shot
past DiPietro.

Game notes
The Devils improved to 11-5 since Lamoriello took over
as coach...The Islanders fell to 2-3 under interim coach Brad
Shaw...It marked the second straight game in which the Islander
loss extended the opponent's winning streak to nine. The Carolina
Hurricanes reached that mark Thursday with a 4-3 victory over New
York.