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Sean Avery is the middle man in this Ranger celebration with Brandon Dubinsky (left) and Michal Rozsival. Sean Avery is the middle man in this Ranger celebration with Brandon Dubinsky (left) and Michal Rozsival. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Associated Press / February 17, 2008

The New York Islanders broke a few team records and the spirit of the Atlanta Thrashers at the same time.

Rick DiPietro came up 77 seconds short of a shutout, and the Islanders set franchise records for fewest shots allowed and shot discrepancy in their 4-1 win last night in Uniondale, N.Y.

DiPietro needed to stop just nine shots, while the Islanders pelted Kari Lehtonen for 49. DiPietro also added an assist as 12 Islanders recorded a point.

"As far as team defense, this has been our best game in a while," DiPietro said. "What we did tonight was a real big step."

Miroslav Satan, Ruslan Fedotenko, Marc-Andre Bergeron, and Sean Bergenheim scored for the Islanders, winners of three straight.

Atlanta's three-game winning streak was snapped. Lehtonen stopped 45 shots, and Todd White scored for the Thrashers.

Rangers 5, Sabres 1 - Sean Avery scored the first of his two goals 10 seconds in, and Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and two assists for host New York, who chased goalie Ryan Miller in the first period and routed Buffalo.

Henrik Lundqvist, in his first game since signing a six-year, $41.25 million deal with the Rangers, made 29 saves. He hadn't played since a loss to Anaheim Feb. 7.

Thomas Vanek's power-play goal spoiled Lundqvist's shutout bid with 6:58 remaining.

Devils 3, Senators 2 - Arron Asham scored two goals and Paul Martin had two assists to help New Jersey beat host Ottawa.

Zach Parise scored the other goal for the Devils (33-21-5), who are just 2 points behind the Senators for first place in the Eastern Conference. Martin Brodeur made 37 saves to collect his 31st win of the season.

Coyotes 4, Kings 3 - Radim Vrbata scored a power-play goal with 7:06 left to lift Phoenix past Los Angeles in Glendale, Ariz.

Ed Jovanovski had a goal and two assists, and Joel Perrault and Daniel Winnik also scored for the Coyotes, who blew a two-goal lead over the first 8:38 of the third period before rallying for their second straight victory.

Canadiens 1, Flyers 0 - Carey Price stopped 34 shots for his first career shutout and Andrei Kostitsyn scored a highlight-reel goal to lead host Montreal over Philadelphia.

Kostitsyn stunned Flyers goalie Antero Niittymaki when he scored his 18th goal (at 3:52 into the second) after sweeping the puck toward the net with his stick while he was flat on the ice and seemingly out of scoring range.

Canucks 4, Oilers 2 - Markus Naslund scored the opening goal and helped set up Daniel Sedin's winner 7:45 into the third period, lifting host Vancouver to a fight-filled win over Edmonton.

Hurricanes 5, Panthers 4 - Ray Whitney scored with 4:21 left and Carolina rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period, beating Florida to extend its home winning streak against the Panthers to 13 games.

Predators 2, Blues 1 - Shea Weber scored 40 seconds into overtime and host Nashville beat St. Louis.

Capitals 3, Lightning 2 - Alexander Semin scored the go-ahead goal with three minutes left in the third period and Washington won in Tampa.

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