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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
DiPietro records seventh career shutout as the Isles top Dallas on the road

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The Islanders improved to 8-6-2 on the season behind a 35-save shutout performance from Rick DiPietro Wednesday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Goals by Mike York, Jason Blake and Trent Hunter gave the Islanders a 3-0 win and their fourth consecutive road victory.

York got the Islanders off to a good start by cashing in on a Miroslav Satan rebound. York's fourth of the season was on the power play at 4:01 of the first period.

The Islanders kept it a 1-0 game with some gritty penalty killing. For 1:41 the Islanders were down two men in the first period, but like they did in New Jersey, they kept the opposition at bay. Brendan Witt blocked a number of shots, including one with his glove and DiPietro had to make a couple of sprawling saves to keep the momentum on the Islanders' side.

The magic of Blake and Alexei Yashin continued with 5:40 gone by in the second period. Chris Simon head-manned the puck to Blake, who skated into the offensive zone. Blake passed the puck across to Yashin, who returned the puck to Blake with a backhand one-timer. Blake corralled the puck and pushed it over the line for his team-leading ninth goal to make it 2-0 Islanders.

Hunter scored his third goal of the season with 4:29 left in the third period to make it 3-0 Islanders. Mike Sillinger fired a pass up to Viktor Kozlov, who skated in the offensive zone. Kozlov sent a backhand pass to Hunter, who fired a wrist shot over goaltender Marty Turco.

DiPietro held down the fort in the third period stopping 11 shots in the frame.

Five Stars of the Game:
1. Rick DiPietro: Seventh career shutout
2. Brendan Witt: Strong penalty killing and four blocked shots
3. Mike York: Got the scoring started on the power play
4. Jason Blake: Scored team-leading ninth goal
5. Alexei Yashin: A perfect pass on Blake's goal

Stat of the Game: 18 blocked shots by the Islanders

Slapshots: Alexei Yashin and Jason Blake have points in six of their past seven games. They both have nine points in that span ¦Many of the Islanders' fathers are accompanying the team on the four-game road trip¦The American Airlines Center will be the site of the 2007 NHL All-Star Game held on January 24¦Chris Campoli was a healthy scratch


39 Rick DiPietro
1   Mike Dunham

3   Tom Poti - 8 Bruno Gervais
32 Brendan Witt - 24 Radek Martinek
77 Alexei Zhitnik - 6 Sean Hill

12 Chris Simon - 79 Alexei Yashin - 55 Jason Blake
11 Andy Hilbert - 18 Mike Sillinger - 81 Miroslav Satan
7   Trent Hunter - 16 Mike York - 25 Viktor Kozlov
45 Arron Asham - 17 Shawn Bates - 10 Richard Park

35 Marty Turco
41 Mike Smith

5   Darryl Sydor   - 56 Sergei Zubov
44 Jaroslav Modry - 3 Stephane Robidas
6 Trevor Daley - 43 Philippe Boucher
36 Jussi Jokinen - 20 Antti Miettinen- 9 Mike Modano
88 Eric Lindros  - 63 Mike Ribeiro - 10 Brenden Morrow
27 Patrik Stefan - 11 Jeff Halpern - 26 Jere Lehtinen
15 Niklas Hagman - 14 Stu Barnes - 77 Matthew Barnaby

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