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DUBIE EARNS FIRST STAR OF THE WEEK

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

The Islanders found inspiration and superb goaltending from Wade Dubielewicz to reach the 2007 Playoffs. He picked up four straight wins, including two in a shootout, earning the NHL's First Star honors for the week ending April 8.

Dubielewicz made 36 saves through overtime and three in the shootout as the Islanders defeated the New York Rangers 3-2, April 3. On April 5, he made 28 saves in a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs and stopped 28 of 30 shots in a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, April 7. On April 8, he blocked 22 of 24 shots and then two of three in the shootout as the Islanders clinched a playoff position with a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils.

"It's an honor to receive this recognition from the league," said Dubielewicz. "I'm just happy to be here helping the team reach the playoffs. I give full credit to the guys in front of me who played their hearts out."

Colorado's captain Joe Sakic earned the second star by leading all scorers with nine points (two goals, seven assists) in four games this week. Goaltender Nicklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild collected the third star with a 3-0-0 record, 0.33 goals-against average, .986 save percentage and two shutouts.

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