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Biron enjoys milestone night with Isles

Sunday, 11.01.2009 / 12:41 PM / Player Profiles

By Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Martin Biron had a memorable night at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday -- one that was a long time coming.
   
After coming up short for his 200th career victory in his final days as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers last season, Biron finally achieved the milestone in a 5-0 victory against another former team, the Buffalo Sabres.
   
Not only was it his 200th win, it was his first victory as a member of the Islanders after nearly a month with the club.
   
"It's been a while," said Biron, who made 38 saves for his 26th career shutout. "This was my sixth game this year. I had one (chance) last year before the end of the season to try to get it. Not that I was focusing on it, but it's fun to know that it's there. To be able to say, 'OK … we finally broke the ice to get some more wins,' that's a good thing. It took a little longer than I wanted, but we'll take them. Hopefully, I can keep working the same way and we'll get there."

Saturday was Biron's sixth start of the season -- an indication of just how frustrated the veteran goaltender must have been entering the game. Two of his five losses came in overtime, including last Monday's 3-2 loss at Montreal, where he made 28 saves.
   
"I think I've been getting better every game," said Biron, who lowered his goals-against average to 2.92 and raised his save percentage to .911 in his first win. "I'm slowly getting to the way I want to play. It's good to get the guys a bit of a confidence boost."
   

"I think I've been getting better every game.  I'm slowly getting to the way I want to play. It's good to get the guys a bit of a confidence boost."
-- Martin Biron

Confidence isn't hard to find in the Islanders' dressing room these days. Saturday's win was the team's third win in four nights against some of the top squads in the Eastern Conference. The Isles earned a 3-1 victory against the Rangers on Wednesday before notching a huge overtime win at Washington on Friday. Despite losing their first six contests, the Islanders have accumulated points in nine of their first 13 games.
   
"I think everybody is starting to understand each other a bit better," Biron said. "There are guys who are trying to get different roles and fit in different ways. I think that we're seeing guys step up every night."
   
Biron certainly did on Saturday, as he was forced to make eight saves before his team even recorded its first. Less than three hours later, he became a 200-game winner in the NHL.
   
"I've got to think it's pretty special," said head coach Scott Gordon, who was a goaltender for the Quebec Nordiques for parts of two seasons between 1989 and 1991. "I think that puts me at about 195 away."

Contact Brian Compton at: bcompton@nhl.com.

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