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Islanders 6, Thrashers 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Islanders 6, Thrashers 0
Atlanta Thrashers 0, New York Islanders 6

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -The New York Islanders added to the Atlanta Thrashers' misery.

Rick DiPietro stopped 37 shots for his second shutout of the season, and Shawn Bates, Viktor Kozlov and Mike Sillinger each had a goal and an assist in the Islanders' 6-0 victory over the Thrashers on Saturday night.

After blowing a lead in the last minute and losing in overtime to Washington at home Friday night, the Thrashers ran into a hot goalie.

"I was able to see a lot of the shots," DiPietro said. "The defense also did a good job of clearing rebounds."

Miroslav Satan, Alexei Yashin and Andy Hilbert also scored for the Islanders, winners for only the second time in their last five games. It was DiPietros eighth career shutout.

"The way we played tonight is a good indication that we're starting to grow as a team," DiPietro said. "The shutout is nice, but I'm just happy to get the two points."

Johan Hedberg stopped 26 shots for Atlanta, but lost for the third time in eight decisions. The Thrashers are winless in five straight (0-3-2) after a previous five-game winning streak.

"The last four or five games, we've been slipping," Hedberg said. "In parts of games, we play really strong, and then we have some breakdowns which cost us."

The Islanders capitalized on an Atlanta turnover to take a 1-0 lead at 8:04 of the opening period. Thrashers defenseman Greg deVries coughed up the puck from behind the net. Kozlov's shot was stopped by Hedberg, but the rebound bounced to Satan, who kicked the puck up to his stick and flicked it into the open left side of the net.

The Islanders broke open a close game with a pair of goals 41 seconds apart in the middle period.

Yashin, who was making his first appearance since spraining his knee Nov. 25 against Washington, picked up his 11th goal at 10:54. Yashin started the play by winning a draw in the Atlanta zone, then burying the rebound of Bates' shot.

"His coming back was big," Islanders coach Ted Nolan said. "Alexei is a big part of our team, and you know he's missed when the guys keep asking when he's coming back."

Yashin, who missed eight games with the injury, picked up his 11th goal in 23 games. Hilbert notched his third goal at 11:35 when he flipped a backhander over Hedberg's left shoulder. Bates made it 4-0 at 16:41 on a pass-out from Richard Park.

New York has not lost a game in regulation this season that it has led after two periods (15-0-1).

Kozlov was wide open to bury a 10-foot wrist shot for a 5-0 lead at 10:34 of the third period. Mike York picked up his 300th NHL point with a secondary assist on the goal.

Sillinger added a short-handed goal at 15:28.

Atlanta's locker room was closed for nearly 15 minutes after the loss. Forward Bobby Holik was too frustrated to break down his team's recent problems in detail.

"It's a bad night to analyze," Holik said. "We just don't play as a team. There's not much else to say."

Notes: Earlier in the day, the Islanders traded veteran defenseman Alexei Zhitnik to Philadelphia for defenseman Freddy Meyer and a draft pick. To fill the void, New York recalled blueliner Chris Campoli from their Bridgeport farm team, and returned forward Blake Comeau. New York forward Chris Simon left the game in the first period with what the team termed a lower body injury. The Islanders finished their fifth set of back-to-back games with the win. They are 2-2-1 in the first game, and 5-0-0 in the second game, the first time since 1981 they won five consecutive second-night, back-to-back games.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:04
NYI
Miroslav Satan (10) ASST: Viktor Kozlov (11)
1 - 0 NYI
2nd Period
10:54
NYI
Alexei Yashin (11) ASST: Shawn Bates (5), Radek Martinek (7)
2 - 0 NYI
11:35
NYI
Andy Hilbert (3) ASST: Mike Sillinger (14), Arron Asham (4)
3 - 0 NYI
16:41
NYI
Shawn Bates (3) ASST: Richard Park (7)
4 - 0 NYI
3rd Period
10:34
NYI
Viktor Kozlov (12) ASST: Miroslav Satan (13), Mike York (7)
5 - 0 NYI
15:28
NYI
SHG - Mike Sillinger (9) ASST: Andy Hilbert (6), Radek Martinek (8)
6 - 0 NYI
penalty summary
1st Period
05:06
NYI
Radek Martinek  Hooking
10:47
ATL
Jim Slater  Holding
10:47
NYI
Sean Hill  Holding
16:29
ATL
Jim Slater  Fighting (maj)
16:29
NYI
Brendan Witt  Fighting (maj)
2nd Period
02:06
NYI
Chris Campoli  Holding
06:10
ATL
Steve McCarthy  Interference
14:41
NYI
Viktor Kozlov  Too many men/ice - bench
3rd Period
11:12
NYI
Andy Hilbert  Interference on goalkeeper
14:09
NYI
Eric Boguniecki  Hooking
goalie stats
Johan Hedberg
SA: 32TOI: 59:53
Saves: 26EV: 25 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .813SH: 0 - 1
Rick DiPietro
SA: 37TOI: 59:58
Saves: 37EV: 30 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0