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DiPietro's shutout leads Islanders past Blue Jackets

Dec 24, 2006 - 5:32 AM
UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- Rick DiPietro was a rock in net all night.

DiPietro stopped all 26 shots he faced and recorded his ninth career shutout to lead the New York Islanders to a 4-0 triumph over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Jason Blake's 20th goal of the season was all the offense the Islanders needed. He charged the center of the ice and wristed a shot past the stick side of goaltender Fredrik Norrena at 2:02 of the first period.

"I was going to give it back to (Alexei Yashin) but when the defenseman went down, I saw the goalie look the other way," Blake said. "When the goalie crouched down a little, I knew if I got it up high, there would be a good chance of it going in. It hit the crossbar and went in."

It was DiPietro's second shutout this month and third of the season. He made 37 saves against the Atlanta Thrashers on December 16.

"The defense looked real good," DiPietro said. "They allowed me to see most of the shots. You saw it a couple of times in the third period. Anytime the puck hit a body and squirted around, there were guys there. It was one of our better third periods with the lead this year."

Trent Hunter, Mike Sillinger and Viktor Kozlov each added a goal for New York, which was 1-for-5 on the power play.

Norrena stopped 19 shots for the Blue Jackets, who were 0-for-10 with the extra skater.

"I think we have to grow as a team," Norrena said. "The coach said after the game that for us to be a playoff team, we have to show up every night. You are going to lose sometimes but you have to put in the effort. I don't know if we did that tonight. You need 20 guys to play extremely hard on the road."








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLUMBUS 0 0 0 0
    NY ISLANDERS 1 1 2 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYI - JASON BLAKE 20 (ALEXEI YASHIN) 2:02
    2ND PRD: NYI - TRENT HUNTER 5 (ANDY HILBERT, RADEK MARTINEK) 6:33
    3RD PRD: NYI - (PP) MIKE SILLINGER 10 (SEAN HILL, ALEXEI YASHIN) 1:47
    NYI - VIKTOR KOZLOV 13 (MIROSLAV SATAN,

    Dec 23 9:27 PM


  • NHL
    COLUMBUS 0
    NY ISLANDERS 4
    3RD PRD: NYI - VIKTOR KOZLOV 13 (MIROSLAV SATAN, RADEK MARTINEK) 9:01

    Blue Jackets vs. IslandersDec 23 9:08 PM


  • NHL
    COLUMBUS 0
    NY ISLANDERS 3
    3RD PRD: NYI - (PP) MIKE SILLINGER 10 (SEAN HILL, ALEXEI YASHIN) 1:47

    Blue Jackets vs. IslandersDec 23 8:55 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLUMBUS 0 0 0
    NY ISLANDERS 1 1 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYI - JASON BLAKE 20 (ALEXEI YASHIN) 2:02
    2ND PRD: NYI - TRENT HUNTER 5 (ANDY HILBERT, RADEK MARTINEK) 6:33
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COB 8 14 22
    NYI

    Dec 23 8:34 PM


  • NHL
    COLUMBUS 0
    NY ISLANDERS 2
    2ND PRD: NYI - TRENT HUNTER 5 (ANDY HILBERT, RADEK MARTINEK) 6:33

    Blue Jackets vs. IslandersDec 23 8:09 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLUMBUS 0 0
    NY ISLANDERS 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYI - JASON BLAKE 20 (ALEXEI YASHIN) 2:02
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COB 8 8
    NYI 8 8
    GOALIES: COB - FREDRIK NORRENA
    NYI - RICK DIPI

    Dec 23 7:43 PM


  • NHL
    COLUMBUS 0
    NY ISLANDERS 1
    1ST PRD: NYI - JASON BLAKE 20 (ALEXEI YASHIN) 2:02

    Blue Jackets vs. IslandersDec 23 7:13 PM