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GAME: New York Islanders (29-29-4) at Boston Bruins (25-28-10).
TIME: Saturday, 7 p.m. EST.
The New York Islanders definitely like the league's new shootout rule.
With three wins in their last five games coming by shootout, the Islanders head to TD Banknorth Garden to wrap up the season series against the Boston Bruins.
New York also is going for its first season-series sweep in the franchise's 34-year history.
The Isles got another shootout win with a 2-1 victory Friday over Toronto. After making 22 saves in regulation and overtime, Rick DiPietro turned aside all three shooters he faced.
DiPietro has won four straight games, posting a 1.41 goals-against average and .942 save percentage.
Miroslav Satan scored the only goal in the shootout, converting for the seventh time in nine tries.
With Mark Parrish, Oleg Kvasha, Brent Sopel and Brad Lukowich dealt at Thursday's trading deadline, New York was forced to play five rookies against the Maple Leafs, including newly acquired 22-year-old defenseman Denis Grebeshkov and 21-year-old forward Jeff Tambellini.
"We got a little younger, we got new blood," said Satan, who has five assists in three games against the Bruins this season. "If you can win the first couple of games in a row, it's going to spread through the whole team. The confidence will go higher."
The Isles have 62 points and are tied with the Maple Leafs for 10th place in the Eastern Conference, seven point behind eighth-place Montreal.
The Bruins have lost six of their last seven games and will be without defenseman Nick Boynton against the Islanders.
Boynton was suspended for one game without pay by the NHL on Friday for making a throat-slashing gesture toward Montreal's Mike Ribeiro during Boston's third straight defeat, a 3-0 loss to the Canadiens on Thursday night.
The NHL said Boynton, who has five goals and five assists this season, made an "inappropriate, threatening gesture" toward Ribeiro.
"I was just trying to spark the team a little bit," Boynton said. "We weren't playing very well. Things didn't seem to be going our way."
Goalie Tim Thomas made 38 saves against the Canadiens, but lost his fifth straight game. He faced a career-high 51 shots in a 4-3 loss to the Islanders on Jan. 28.
STANDINGS: Islanders - 62 points, 4th place, 19 PB, Atlantic Division. Bruins - 60 points, 5th place, 29 PB, Northeast Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Islanders - Satan, 26 goals; Alexei Yashin and Mike York, 33 assists; Yashin, 51 points; John Erskine, 109 PIM. Bruins - Marco Sturm, 23 goals; Patrice Bergeron, 32 assists and 52 points; Hal Gill, 95 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Islanders - Power play: 17.8 percent (63 for 346), 16th (tied) in NHL. Penalty killing: 78.7 percent (303 for 385), 27th (tied). Bruins - Power play: 15.4 percent (51 for 332), 26th. Penalty killing: 84.1 percent (313 for 372), 8th (tied).
GOALTENDERS: Islanders - DiPietro (23-17-4, 0 SO, 3.22 GAA); Garth Snow (4-9-0, 0, 3.70). Bruins - Thomas (8-6-4, 1, 2.31); Andrew Raycroft (8-17-2, 0, 3.58).
SEASON SERIES: Islanders, 3-0.
LAST MEETING: Jan. 28; Islanders 4-3. At Boston, Alexei Zhitnik and Parrish scored 20 seconds apart midway through the third period. Bergeron had a goal and an assist for the Bruins.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Islanders - 13-15-2 on the road; Bruins - 12-13-6 at home.
|Mar 11 '06||NYI 3 at BOS 1||T. Hunter|
|Jan 28 '06||NYI 4 at BOS 3||M. Parrish|
|Nov 12 '05||BOS 2 at NYI 5||T. Hunter|
|Nov 01 '05||BOS 3 at NYI 4 - OT||S. Bates|