BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- Alexei Yashin had a goal and assist for
the second straight night, and Rick DiPietro was perfect in a cameo
appearance in his old stomping grounds as the New York Islanders
finished the exhibition schedule with a 3-0 victory over the New
Jersey Devils on Saturday.
Yashin, who contributed on both goals Friday in a 2-1 home win
against the New York Rangers, did the trick again. He needed only a
span of 2:26 to pull it off this time.
The Islanders' captain deflected a shot from defenseman Tom Poti
past goalie Martin Brodeur at 2:32, just 1:11 into a power play.
Yashin then ripped a shot from the left-wing side that Brodeur
stopped, but Miroslav Satan charged in for the in-close rebound and
made it 2-0 4:58 after the opening faceoff.
DiPietro made that stand up in his one period of work, making 10
saves in his final tuneup before the Islanders open the regular
season Thursday night at Phoenix. New York finished the preseason
with three consecutive wins after two losses to Boston.
Trent Hunter closed the scoring with an unassisted, short-handed
goal with 2 minutes left in the game.
DiPietro played parts of three seasons in this arena with the
Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islanders' AHL affiliate, and earned
46 victories before reaching the NHL for good. He was relieved by
Mike Dunham, who made 19 saves a day after signing a one-year deal
to be DiPietro's backup.
After the first-period flurry, Brodeur showed his typical
stellar form and finished with 29 saves in a complete-game effort.
He was especially sharp in the middle frame when he stopped a hard
shot off Poti's stick from the left side with his right arm, and
then robbed Yashin from the same spot on the same shift with a
snapping glove save.
But it wasn't enough to extend the Devils' preseason winning
streak, snapped at two following a three-game losing skid. New
Jersey (3-4) will begin the regular season on Friday night against
the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes.
Among the Devils and Islanders jerseys that were scattered
across the half-filled, 8,000-seat arena were those of the former
Hartford Whalers, who left Connecticut for Raleigh, N.C., in 1997
and became the Hurricanes.