Final
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Islanders look to bounce back against Blues

Oct 11, 2008 - 10:05 AM St. Louis (1-0-0) at NY Islanders (0-1-0), 7:00 pm EDT

UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- Just one game into his tenure as coach of the New York Islanders, Scott Gordon already is playing goaltender roulette.

One day after sitting starter Rick DiPietro in favor of Joey MacDonald in the team's regular-season opener, Gordon must decide which netminder will play when the Islanders host the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

On Friday, the Islanders were without DiPietro in their 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils. The first overall pick in the 2000 draft, who had season-ending hip surgery last March and underwent a procedure on his knee during the offseason, is not yet ready to play consecutive games, and his benching was a precautionary measure since the Islanders have three games in four days, according to Gordon.

"He is still coming off an injury that we want to make sure he's getting every opportunity to get back in shape," Gordon said. "He hasn't had a lot of practice time and we just felt, give him another day."

Although DiPietro is expected to start the Islander's home opener, MacDonald impressed against a much-improved Devils team. Coming off a stellar season with Bridgeport of the American Hockey League, MacDonald made 27 saves and kept New York close throughout.

The Blues received an impressive 20-save outing from Manny Legace in a 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday.

St. Louis, which was last in the NHL with a 14.1 power-play percentage last season, was 4-for-6 with a man advantage against Nashville. Veteran Keith Tkachuk, who entered the season with 500 career goals, tallied twice with the extra skater.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ST LOUIS 1 0 1 2
    NY ISLANDERS 4 0 1 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYI - RICHARD PARK 1 (KYLE OKPOSO) 2:18
    NYI - (PP) TRENT HUNTER 1 (DOUG WEIGHT) 13:47
    NYI - SEAN BERGENHEIM 1 (ANDY HILBERT, BRUNO GERVAIS) 15:20
    STL - BRAD BOYES 2 (PAUL KARIYA, ANDY MCDONALD) 17:23
    NYI - (SH) ANDY H

    Oct 11 9:40 PM


  • NHL
    ST LOUIS 2
    NY ISLANDERS 5
    3RD PRD: NYI - (EN) BILL GUERIN 1 (DOUG WEIGHT) 19:11

    Blues 2, Islanders 5  3rd - 0:49Oct 11 9:40 PM


  • NHL
    ST LOUIS 2
    NY ISLANDERS 4
    3RD PRD: STL - (PP) KEITH TKACHUK 3 (PAUL KARIYA, ANDY MCDONALD) 7:47

    Blues 2, Islanders 4  3rd - 12:13Oct 11 9:20 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ST LOUIS 1 0 1
    NY ISLANDERS 4 0 4 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYI - RICHARD PARK 1 (KYLE OKPOSO) 2:18
    NYI - (PP) TRENT HUNTER 1 (DOUG WEIGHT) 13:47
    NYI - SEAN BERGENHEIM 1 (ANDY HILBERT, BRUNO GERVAIS) 15:20
    STL - BRAD BOYES 2 (PAUL KARIYA, ANDY MCDONALD) 17:23
    NYI

    Oct 11 8:47 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ST LOUIS 1 1
    NY ISLANDERS 4 4 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYI - RICHARD PARK 1 (KYLE OKPOSO) 2:18
    NYI - (PP) TRENT HUNTER 1 (DOUG WEIGHT) 13:47
    NYI - SEAN BERGENHEIM 1 (ANDY HILBERT, BRUNO GERVAIS) 15:20
    STL - BRAD BOYES 2 (PAUL KARIYA, ANDY MCDONALD) 17:23
    NYI

    Oct 11 7:59 PM


  • NHL
    ST LOUIS 1
    NY ISLANDERS 4
    1ST PRD: NYI - (SH) ANDY HILBERT 1 (MARK STREIT) 19:14

    Blues 1, Islanders 4  1st - 0:46Oct 11 7:57 PM


  • NHL
    ST LOUIS 1
    NY ISLANDERS 3
    1ST PRD: STL - BRAD BOYES 2 (PAUL KARIYA, ANDY MCDONALD) 17:23

    Blues 1, Islanders 3  1st - 2:37Oct 11 7:54 PM


  • NHL
    ST LOUIS 0
    NY ISLANDERS 3
    1ST PRD: NYI - SEAN BERGENHEIM 1 (ANDY HILBERT, BRUNO GERVAIS) 15:20

    Blues 0, Islanders 3  1st - 4:40Oct 11 7:48 PM


  • NHL
    ST LOUIS 0
    NY ISLANDERS 2
    1ST PRD: NYI - (PP) TRENT HUNTER 1 (DOUG WEIGHT) 13:47

    Blues 0, Islanders 2  1st - 6:13Oct 11 7:46 PM


  • NHL
    ST LOUIS 0
    NY ISLANDERS 1
    1ST PRD: NYI - RICHARD PARK 1 (KYLE OKPOSO) 2:18

    Blues 0, Islanders 1  1st - 17:42Oct 11 7:24 PM