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Dunham fills in for injured goalie DiPietro, lifts Islanders

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- All it took was some great early
goaltending and staying out of the penalty box for the last two
periods for the New York Islanders to capture two points in their
home opener.

Mike Dunham, filling in for injured goalie Rick DiPietro,
stopped 31 shots to help the New York Islanders beat the Boston
Bruins 4-1 on Saturday night.

Jason Blake scored twice and made a gorgeous pass to assist on
another goal for the Islanders. Mike Sillinger and Tom Poti, both
making their Islander home debuts, also scored.

After averaging 11 penalties in their first three games -- all
losses -- the Islanders gave Boston the first four power-play
chances of the game. Afterwards, New York only had one penalty, and
it was offset by a Boston penalty.

"We stayed out of the [penalty] box the last two periods,"
Blake said. "We got a lot of opportunities and capitalized on some
of them."

Glen Murray had the only goal for Boston, as the Bruins ended
their five-game road trip at 1-3-1. Rookie goalie Hannu Toivonen
stopped 35 shots.

Dunham, who has both of New York's wins, got the start when
DiPietro hurt his groin. Wade Dubielewicz was recalled from
Bridgeport to back up Dunham. DiPietro is listed as day-to-day.

"I hope Rick gets back soon," Dunham said. "He's a big part
of this team."

Dunham has stopped 71 shots in his last two games, not counting
the shootout portion of the win in Anaheim on Wednesday night.

Dunham was spectacular early in the first period, especially on
the front end of a 4-minute penalty kill, as he kicked aside shots
from Marc Savard and Patrice Bergeron. Toivonen also came up big
twice with his glove, stopping Miroslav Satan and Trent Hunter on
break-ins.

The Islanders, who had given up two power-play goals in each of
their first four games, allowed another as Boston took a 1-0 lead
at 15:09. Murray, who grabbed a loose puck at the left boards,
skated to the faceoff dot and let go a slap shot that hit the post
and crossbar and dropped down behind Dunham.

"I think we could have had another goal in the period," Boston
rookie forward Phil Kessel said. "After that, somehow, we got on
our heels. We have to find a way to not get on our heels."

New York tied the game in the second period at 9:37 when a
harmless looking rush down the right side by Sillinger ended up
with his right circle wrist shot catching the net on the short
side.

Blake gave the Islanders the lead at 13:52 when he got around
Brad Stuart at center ice, moved to the top of the left circle, and
fired a slap shot that Toivonen got a piece of, but not enough to
keep the puck from going in.

The Islanders broke the game open with a pair of power-play
goals early in the third period.

Blake picked up his second of the night 46 seconds into the
period on a second stuff attempt at the right post.

Poti finished off a back-door play off a Blake pass to make it
4-1 at 2:36.

"That third period was probably our best period of the
season," Dunham said. "We got a couple of quick goals, and just
smothered them."

Islanders coach Ted Nolan, whose style embraces puck pressure,
said that his team did a great job of that over the last 40 minutes
of the game.

"That was probably the best forechecking we've seen this
season, outside of the first period," Nolan said. "Also, we
stayed out of the penalty box, so we were able to play a great
five-on-five."

Game notes
New York is 22-11-1-0 in home openers. In the 34 seasons of
the Islanders, they have only opened at home four times. ... New
York started a seven-game home stand, and nine of the next 10 are
at Nassau Coliseum. ... The Bruins ended a season-starting five
game road trip. The last team to open at home, Boston has to wait
until Thursday to wear its black jerseys when the Bruins host
Calgary.