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DiPietro blanks Devils, Isles run win streak to four

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The crowd chanted Rick DiPietro's name as the clock ticked down on his first shutout in almost two years.

DiPietro, who missed first three months of the season while recovering from knee injuries, stopped 20 shots and Matt Moulson scored twice, leading the New York Islanders to a 4-0 win over the New Jersey Devils on Monday.

The Islanders have four consecutive wins, matching a season high, and the return of their star goalie is giving fans even more hope that things are looking up for a team that has been down for a while.

Coming off a 31-save effort against Buffalo on Saturday, DiPietro looked sharp in making his first back-to-back starts since Oct. 25, 2008.

"It's a big step for me," DiPietro said. "It was good to get a routine down. I'm starting to feel more comfortable."

The 28-year-old earned his 15th career shutout and first since Feb. 21, 2008, against Tampa Bay.

New York has won six of seven overall and will head to Pittsburgh to face the defending Stanley Cup champions on Tuesday.

It was Moulson's third multigoal game this season. Mark Streit and Josh Bailey also had goals for the Islanders, who chased NHL career wins leader Martin Brodeur before the start of the third period.

"Beating really good teams is huge for our confidence," Moulson said. "We want to be in position to go down the stretch and be in the hunt. It seems everything is coming together and the whole team is rolling at once."

The Islanders fired 45 shots on net and blocked 26 to take pressure off DiPietro, who made his third start after coming back from knee injuries.

Brodeur allowed four goals on 32 shots in two periods in his 33rd consecutive appearance. The Devils were shut out for the first time this season -- the last time they failed to score was March 30, 2009, against the New York Rangers.

"We have to make a special effort of getting ourselves prepared to play right from the get-go," Brodeur said. "Today was just a bad game."

The Devils staggered at the close of a five-game road swing, dropping the last three after one-goal wins over the Rangers and Montreal. Still, New Jersey entered tied for the league lead in road wins.

"We looked tired and I don't think we were sharp mentally making plays," Devils coach Jacques Lemaire. "There's no doubt we need rest."

Bailey and Moulson scored 2:23 apart in the second to build a 4-0 lead. Former Islander Yann Danis replaced Brodeur before the third period.

Moulson energized the sellout crowd on his first shift, backhanding his own rebound between Brodeur's pads 1:07 in.

"I just tried to get it off quick and it bounced right back to me," Moulson said. "It made a couple of lucky bounces. I don't know how it went in. I think I fanned on it and it went through his five-hole, but I'll take it."

Streit ripped a shot from the right point past a screened Brodeur for a power-play goal 2:36 later. Streit has three goals in the past four games after going 26 games without one.

New Jersey had one power-play chance and failed to produce a shot with the extra man. The tight defense in front allowed DiPietro to shine in his second game in three days.

"It wasn't a test," Islanders coach Scott Gordon said. "It was an opportunity to try to find a way for him to get a lot of reps in a short amount of time and see situations with a quick turnover. I thought it would pay dividends down the road."

Jack Hillen started a rush to set up Bailey's goal at 15:42 of the second. Devils defenseman Brian Rolston couldn't handle a bouncing puck after Hillen's shot was blocked. Bailey slammed it home in front of the crease.

Bailey's goal marked his fifth in the last nine games. The Islanders scored four or more goals for the third time in four games.

Moulson capped the scoring by tipping Andy Sutton's point shot through traffic. The goal was originally credited to Sutton before being changed.

Moulson leads the Islanders with 19 goals. His previous multigoal game was a hat trick Dec. 3 against Atlanta.

Notes

  • Devils LW Patrik Elias (shoulder) didn't play, one game after he left the ice on a stretcher following a hard check by Colorado's Ryan Wilson.
  • Islanders RW Kyle Okposo recorded an assist on Streit's goal to extend his points streak to six games.
  • Trent Hunter added two assists.
  • Sutton earned his 100th career assist on Moulson's second goal.
  • New Jersey outscored the Islanders 8-2 combined in the first two meetings this season.
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The net is closed on MLK Day: Rick DiPietro turns away a Brian Rolston shot in the shutout.  (Getty Images)
The net is closed on MLK Day: Rick DiPietro turns away a Brian Rolston shot in the shutout. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
New Jersey (32-14-1)0000
NY Islanders  (22-19-8) «2204
Three Stars
M. Moulson
NYI


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
R. DiPietro
NYI


Saves: 20
Save Pct.: 1.000
T. Hunter
NYI


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:07Matt Moulson (18), Backhand Shot. Assist: Nielsen, Hunter
03:44Power Play - Mark Streit (7), Slap Shot. Assist: Tavares, Okposo
2ND PERIOD
15:42Josh Bailey (12), Wrist Shot. Assist: Hillen
18:05Matt Moulson (19), Wrist Shot. Assist: Sutton, Hunter
3RD PERIOD
None
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:57Pelley, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
08:05Salvador, 2 min, Holding
11:57Oduya, 2 min, Tripping
16:06Tavares, 2 min, Tripping
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
06:17Weight, 2 min, Tripping
06:52Langenbrunner, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
 123T
New Jersey74920
New York18141446
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Martin Brodeur40:00284
Yann Danis19:58140
Rick DiPietro60:00200
Game Information
Attendance - 16250
Referees - Gord Dwyer, Dan Marouelli
Linesmen - Derek Amell, Dan Schachte
 
Other Games
Atl 0 Final
Fla 1
Edm 0 Final
Colo 6
StL 2 Final
Colu 4
TB 3 Final
Car 2
Cal 1 Final
SJ 9
Buf 7 Final
Pho 2
Ott 5 Final
Bos 1
Min 3 Final
Dal 4
Tor 4 Final
Nash 3