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Islanders end Avalanche's points streak

©Associated Press
February 22, 2003

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Dave Scatchard and Garth Snow teamed to give the Islanders another big victory and the Avalanche a rare loss.

Scatchard scored twice and Snow had 25 saves as surging New York handed Colorado its first regulation defeat in 15 games, 4-1 Friday.

The Avalanche was 11-0-2-1 in its past 14 and had the first goal in each, four shy of the league record.

Scatchard scored 2:28 in for the Islanders, who played their first home game since Feb. 11 after going 2-1-1 on a western road trip.

"It seems like every single game in the last three months has been a huge game," Scatchard said of the Islanders, who moved into sixth in the East.

The play of the game was made by Snow, subbing for the injured Chris Osgood, during the Islanders' four-minute power play in the second.

An Islanders shot was stopped at the Colorado blue line, and the puck started sliding toward New York's end. Snow rushed to meet the puck and knocked it out of the zone. But his momentum carried him into neutral ice, and the puck passed him, back into Islanders territory.

Avalanche defenseman Rob Blake charged up the ice for the loose puck as Snow scurried to get back and Colorado scrambled to get back onside. First, Snow had his back to Blake but then turned to face him. Blake took a shot that the backpedaling Snow got a piece of with his foot, forcing the puck to trickle wide left of the net.

"It was kind of scary, but that's Snowy," Scatchard said. "He plays on the edge."

DEVILS 3, BRUINS 2: Jeff Friesen scored on a 40-foot bad-angle shot to win it for host New Jersey. Friesen skated into Boston's zone and took a shot from the left boards about 5 feet above the circle. Jeff Hackett fanned on it, giving Friesen his 17th goal.

Martin Brodeur stopped all 14 of the Bruins shots in the third, including three good chances on a late Boston power play.

KINGS 4, SABRES 1: Bryan Smolinski and Ziggy Palffy scored twice for visiting Los Angeles. Smolinski has seven goals and 11 points in his past 11 games. With his second goal, Smolinski equaled his 13 from last season. Palffy has 14 goals and 29 points in the past 23 games.

RANGERS 6, DUCKS 2: Visiting New York scored four goals in the third, including two by Bobby Holik. Anaheim's Steve Rucchin made it 2-2 49 seconds into the third. Pavel Bure's power-play goal made it 3-2 1:50 later. Holik made it 4-2 and 5-2, and Alexei Kovalev made it 6-2 with 3:02 left.

STARS 2, COYOTES 2: Jason Arnott broke his team's 0-for-35 power-play drought with 6:27 left to lift host Dallas to a tie.

Stars defenseman Richard Matvichuk, who missed 14 games after breaking his fibula Jan. 11, was activated from injured reserve.

BLACKHAWKS: Defenseman Alexander Karpovtsev has a broken cheekbone and will be re-evaluated in a week. Karpovtsev, who has 10 points in 33 games, was hurt Thursday.

ISLANDERS: Goalie Rick DiPietro, the No. 1 overall pick in 2000, and right wing Eric Godard were sent to Bridgeport while goalie Stephen Valiquette was recalled. DiPietro is 2-2 with a 2.02 goals-against average in four games. Godard had no goals and 43 penalty minutes in 14 games.

SABRES: Left wing Jochen Hecht could miss two weeks with a severely bruised right wrist. He jammed it Feb. 11, missed two games then played Monday.

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