DALLAS (AP) -- The way Rick DiPietro is playing, the New York
Islanders don't need a whole lot of offense.
Rick DiPietro made 35 saves in leading the Islanders to a 3-0 win over the Stars in Dallas. It was the seventh regular-season shutout of DiPietro's NHL career but the first in which he faced 30-or-more shots (previous high: 29).
Turco isn't getting much support from his teammates, who have
managed only three goals in four games.
"Maybe we're trying to be a little too fine on it," Lindros
said. "We've had our chances. The hockey gods haven't been with us
but we'll keep working and force the luck back our way."
The Islanders (8-6-2) are 4-0-2 in their last six meetings with
New York took advantage of the game's first power play when York
swept the rebound of Miroslav Satan's shot past Turco at 4:01 for
his fourth goal of the season.
The Islanders shut down the Stars for 1:42 of a two-man power
play midway through the first period to preserve the lead.
Blake, off to the best start of his career, notched his
team-high ninth goal of the season on a give-and-go with Alexei
Yashin to make it 2-0 at 5:40 of the second period.
"I think Blake's goal, giving it to Yashin and Yashin giving it
right back to him, that was a great play on both of those guys'
parts. We just went from there," Islanders coach Ted Nolan said.
Dallas held a 13-4 shots edge in the frame, but most of the
Stars' attempts at DiPietro came from the perimeter.
"There's the scenario where we outwork and outshoot them, but
things don't go our way," Modano said. "The power play hasn't had
the results we'd like and that could have been the difference in
Hunter notched his third goal of the season with a shot from the
slot at 15:31 of the final period to stretch the lead to 3-0.
The Islanders' season got off to a bumpy start, but they've
turned things around behind DiPietro.
"We're trying to build an identity," Nolan said. "We started
0-3 and all of a sudden since then we're 8-3-2. These guys love to
Dallas RW Jere Lehtinen left the game in the second period
with a leg injury and didn't return. His status will be evaluated
on Thursday. ... Islanders D Chris Campoli is recovering from a
groin injury and is practicing with the team, but was scratched
from the lineup. ... The teams hadn't met since Feb. 11, 2004, and
won't see each other again this season. ... Both teams came off
five-day layoffs. ... Blake has never scored more than 25 goals in
his first six full NHL seasons. ... The Stars' last home shutout
loss was Jan. 2, 2004 -- a 6-0 defeat to Phoenix.
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Arena: American Airlines Center Location: Dallas, Texas
Referees: Steve Kozari, Dan O'Halloran Linesmen: Don Henderson, Brian Mach
Attendance: 17,643 (95.2% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Mike York (4)
(Power Play) Assists: Miroslav Satan, Radek Martinek
Jason Blake (9)
Assists: Alexei Yashin, Chris Simon
Trent Hunter (3)
Assists: Viktor Kozlov, Mike Sillinger