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By Jason Lockhart

Wade Dubielewicz played hero Tuesday night, stopping 39 shots, including three in a shootout to keep the Islanders' playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 victory over the Rangers at the Nassau Coliseum. Miroslav Satan scored the only goal in the shootout on Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped 32 shots in regulation and overtime.

"The guys were really charged for this one," said Dubielewicz. "It was great to help the team, and be a part of this"

Despite being out-shot 17-9 in the opening period, the Islanders were the team that came out dominating play. Lundqvist kept the Islanders off the scoresheet early, but they were still able to break through at 2:52 of the first period. Randy Robitaille's centering pass landed in the crease for Arron Asham to jam past the pad of Lundqvist.

The Islanders extended their lead, 5:02 into the second period. Alexei Yashin flung a cross-ice pass through the crease that deflected off a Ranger past Lundqvist.

Following the goal, the Rangers took charge scoring the next two goals to even the score at two.

Brendan Shanahan cut the Islanders lead to 2-1 during a shorthanded situation. After going behind the net with the puck, Shanahan banked it off the leg of Dubielewicz with 9:02 gone by in the second period.

The Rangers scored their second goal of the game when Jaromir Jagr found Michael Nylander cutting to the goal. Nylander roofed a backhander with 7:08 left in the second period.

The Islanders outplayed the Rangers in third period, out-shooting them 16-5, but could not get the third goal past Lundqvist.

After failing to score on the remainder of a power play, which lasted 1:05 into the overtime, the Islanders were on their heels much of the period. The Rangers hemmed the Islanders in the zone, leading to a Brendan Witt holding penalty with 53 seconds remaining in overtime.

The quartet of Dubielewicz, Mike Sillinger, Tom Poti and Sean Hill did a valiant job of keeping Jagr and the Rangers at bay, forcing a shootout.

In the shootout, Satan opened with a backhand goal on Lundqvist.

"We've had shootouts against Lundqvist in the past, so he knows what I like to do," said Satan. "I know how he reacts to certain moves, and today I was able to beat him."

Following the Satan goal, Dubielewicz shut the door. Dubielewicz used a poke-check to stop Nylander. Next, Shanahan shot high, before Jagr tried the stuff attempt, but Dubielewicz kept the puck out with his leg and glove.

"Jagr could have tried that move ten times and I might have only stopped it once," said Dubielewicz. It was nice to keep our playoff hopes alive."

The win keeps the Islanders in the playoff race, but they still remain four points behind Montreal for the final playoff spot with three games remaining.

The Islanders return to the Coliseum ice on Thursday against Toronto, which leads the Islanders by three points.

Five Stars of the Game:
1. Wade Dubielewicz:
A an impressive win in a must-win situation
2. Henrik Lundqvist: Nearly as stellar as Dubie
3. Miroslav Satan: Kept the Islanders' season alive with the shootout clincher
4. Sean Hill: A gutsy performance on the overtime penalty kill
5. Brendan Shanahan: Got the Rangers going

Stat of the Game: No power play goal was scored on eight opportunities, three by the Islanders and five by the Rangers.

Fans of the Game: Chris brought his three girls Elaina, Madelaine and Alex along with Alex's boyfriend, Dan. "I bought these tickets two weeks ago knowing this would be a huge matchup," said Chris. Each of the kids has been to at least two games, but looked most forward to attending tonight's contest. The consensus favorite player among everyone was Jason Blake, beside the lone dissenter, Dan, who chose DiPietro (not a bad choice, either).




Slapshots: Tonight's attendance was 15,591...Miroslav Satan and Viktor Kozlov have each scored four goals on ten shootout attempts...This was Wade Dubielewicz's first NHL win since January 26, 2006...Rick DiPietro, Freddy Meyer and Richard Zednik were tonight's scratches...Bruno Gervais was sent to Bridgeport.


Game Operations: Jason Schecter and Andrew Taub were tonight's winners in the American Airlines Shootout Contest. Each contestant received two round-trip tickets to anywhere in the continental United States...Wounded Warriors spokesperson Salvatore Esposito spoke to in-game co-host CJ Papa between the second and third periods. Wounded Warriors is an organization focused on helping men deal with critical issues that might rise or have risen.






1   Mike Dunham
34 Wade Dubielewicz

32 Brendan Witt - 6   Sean Hill
14 Chris Campoli - 21 Deron Quint
3 Tom Poti - 47 Marc-Andre Bergeron

94 Ryan Smyth - 18 Mike Sillinger - 7   Trent Hunter
79 Alexei Yashin - 25 Viktor Kozlov - 81 Miroslav Satan
45 Arron Asham - 27 Randy Robitaille - 55 Jason Blake
11 Andy Hilbert - 10 Richard Park - 15 Jeff Tambellini

30 Henrik Lundqvist
40 Stephen Valiquette

8   Marek Malik - 3   Michal Rozsival
27 Paul Mara - 22 Thomas Pock
34 Jason Strudwick - 46 Dan Girardi

15 Brad Isbister - 92 Michael Nylander - 68 Jaromir Jagr
16 Sean Avery - 82 Martin Straka - 14 Brendan Shanahan
44 Ryan Hollweg - 19 Blair Betts - 28 Colton Orr
43 Ryan Callahan - 5   Matt Cullen - 41 Jed Ortmeyer


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