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Islanders get even behind DiPietro

Rick DiPietro's head is fine, and suddenly so are the New York Islanders.

DiPietro bounced back from a pair of concussions to stop 32 shots in his first game in three weeks, and Marc-Andre Bergeron scored the go-ahead goal eight minutes into the third period to lead the visiting Islanders to a 3-2 win over the top-seeded Buffalo Sabres last night.

Trent Hunter and Bruno Gervais also scored, helping New York tie the best-of-seven, first-round Eastern Conference series at one, with Game 3 on Long Island tomorrow night. New York defenseman Tom Poti added two assists.

Defensemen Toni Lydman and Dmitri Kalinin scored for the Sabres, who finished the regular season with a league-leading 53 wins and 308 goals.

Penguins 4, Senators 3 -- Sidney Crosby scored his second goal in two playoff games 11:44 into the third period to help visiting Pittsburgh even its series at one win apiece.

Crosby, who scored a late power-play goal in Wednesday's 6-3 loss, scored Pittsburgh's third goal of the third period. The Penguins tied it twice in the final frame before the 19-year-old NHL scoring champion gave them their second and final lead.

Gary Roberts and Jordan Staal scored tying goals earlier in the period and Crosby assisted on Ryan Whitney's power-play goal early in the first.

Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza each had a goal and an assist in the second to give Ottawa a 2-1 lead. Chris Kelly put Ottawa up, 3-2, when he scored for the second straight game 6:18 into the third. The Senators have never led a playoff series, 2-0.

Lightning 3, Devils 2 -- At East Rutherford, N.J., Vincent Lecavalier, the NHL's top goal scorer this season, netted one early in the third period to break a tie, and Johan Holmqvist made 34 saves to help Tampa Bay even the series at 1-1.

Martin St. Louis and Filip Kuba also scored for the Lightning, who will host the next two games of the best-of-seven matchup, starting tomorrow. Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner scored for the Devils, who squandered a 2-1 lead late in the second period.

Rangers 2, Thrashers 1 -- Sean Avery ricocheted a fluke goal off the boards from center ice and Brendan Shanahan scored the winner with 4:01 left, lifting visiting New York to a commanding 2-0 lead in its series with Atlanta.

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