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SJS110 1 3
30SHOTS37
28FACEOFFS34
7HITS16
8PIM8
2/4PP2/4
3GIVEAWAYS13
10TAKEAWAYS18
16BLOCKED SHOTS13
     

Burns' OT goal lifts Sharks past Isles

Saturday, 10.29.2011 / 10:23 PM

The New York Islanders' skid continued in controversial fashion Saturday night.

After a disputed delay-of-game penalty on defenseman Travis Hamonic in overtime, Brent Burns slammed a one-timer from the top of the right circle past Rick DiPietro to give the San Jose a 3-2 victory at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Islanders contested the penalty on the ice after the puck appeared to hit the glass on the way out, but it was ultimately ruled by the officials that Hamonic's clearing attempt failed to do so.

"The play happened pretty quickly on the ice. I chipped the puck off the glass and obviously the call was, what the call was," Hamonic said. "Those are the bounces you have to deal with sometimes."

"As hard as we worked, we didn't get the break at the end," Isles coach Jack Capuano said. "They have a tough job. If they didn't see it, they didn't see it. We went on the 4-on-3, we didn't execute and they got the goal."

Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture also scored for the Sharks, and Thomas Greiss made 35 saves. San Jose has won the first five games of its six-game road trip, which concludes Monday night against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

"That's a great team over there," Burns said of the Isles. "We knew it was going to be a good challenge for us. I think it got away from us a little bit, but we came out with two points and that's important."

John Tavares and Michael Grabner scored power-play goals for the Islanders, who are winless in their last five games (0-3-2). New York is off until Thursday, when it will host the Winnipeg Jets.

DiPietro made 27 saves in his first start since a 7-4 loss in Philadelphia on April 9. He replaced injured Evgeni Nabokov for the shootout in New York's 3-2 loss at Pittsburgh on Thursday night. Nabokov is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

The Sharks broke through almost as soon as the puck dropped, thanks to a cross-checking penalty on New York defenseman Steve Staios 10 seconds into the game. Only 7 seconds after the penalty was called, Pavelski slipped a backhand past DiPietro.

"That was nuts," DiPietro said. "That was not the way you want to start your first game after a month off, right -- a tip off the post? But maybe it was good to get the nerves out and not have to worry about the shutout. Get that out of the way."

Capuano was pleased with the play of DiPietro, who hadn't started a game since the preseason. DiPietro suffered concussion-like symptoms earlier this month after taking a slap shot to the head during practice.

"I thought Ricky made some big saves when he had to," Capuano said. "Their power play is pretty dangerous. They move it around. They have guys that can get pucks to the net. I thought we rebounded a little bit after the first goal tonight, but I liked our team tonight. From top to bottom, I thought everybody brought energy and urgency to their game tonight. I was proud of the way they played."

Tavares erased a 1-0 deficit with a power-play goal at 3:15 of the second period. With Jason Demers in the box for hooking, Tavares snuck into the slot and snapped a shot past Greiss for his seventh goal of the season.

Grabner's power-play goal at 11:28 gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead. He redirected a gorgeous feed from Kyle Okposo past Greiss for his third goal of the season

But New York's lead lasted all of 1:51 before Couture scored his third goal of the season as he ripped a shot from the slot past DiPietro.

"(The puck) hit their 'D' man and it was on my stick. I let it go quick," Couture said. "I was able to be in the right spot at the right time."

The Islanders entered the game with five goals in 29 power-play opportunities. They went 2-for-6 with the man advantage Saturday night.

"It was a good hockey team that we played tonight -- one of the better teams in the League," Capuano said. "And I thought for three periods, we skated with them and did a lot of good things. That's what we have to take out of this game."

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.
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