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Two goals in 1:12 put Islanders at 4-0

Associated Press
Published September 25, 2003

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Islanders are gaining a lot of confidence in the preseason under new coach Steve Stirling.

Oleg Kvasha and rookie Justin Papineau scored in a 72-second span in the second period and the Islanders beat the Devils 2-1 Wednesday night to improve to 4-0 in the preseason.

"You want to go into the season with a winning record," said Papineau, who leads the team with three goals. "You don't want to have a losing record.

"You want to win, have some fun and go into the first game with some confidence. You don't want to be 0-3 or 1-7. You want a fresh attitude."

Stirling, who coached the Islanders' top farm team at Bridgeport last season, thinks many of his young players are gaining confidence.

"I think they are counting on one another because that's what the system is all about," Stirling said. "They know they can work hard, make a mistake and know there is someone there to support them."

After giving up a soft goal to Jeff Friesen on the Devils' first shot, Garth Snow made 21 saves and played the entire game. Vezina Trophy winner Martin Brodeur extended his preseason scoreless streak to 69 minutes, 38 seconds by stopping New York's first 12 shots.

BLUE JACKETS 3, RANGERS 2: Rick Nash scored two goals, and Tyler Wright added another for host Columbus. David Vyborny had two assists for Columbus, which won its first preseason game after losing one and tying the other.

Petr Nedved had his third goal of the preseason for the Rangers, and Eric Lindros scored on a penalty shot with 1:35 left. Nash, the overall No. 1 pick in the 2002 draft, had 17 goals and 22 assists as an 18-year-old rookie last season.

Columbus' starting goaltender Marc Denis had 11 saves before giving way to Fred Brathwaite midway through the second. Markkanen stopped 13-of-16 shots, then was replaced by Jason LaBarbera.

RED WINGS 9, BRUINS 0: Dominik Hasek stopped 20 shots, and Tomas Holmstrom scored twice and had an assist for host Detroit. Brendan Shanahan, Jiri Hudler, Jiri Fischer, Steve Yzerman, Kirk Maltby, Mark Mowers and Mathieu Schneider also scored.

Five goals came on the power play for Detroit, which led 3-0 after the first period. Felix Potvin stopped 23 of 30 shots, and Andrew Raycroft allowed one goal on 19 shots for Boston.

PENGUINS: Forward Tomas Surovy was among seven sent to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Also sent down were forwards Guillaume Lefebvre, Michal Sivek, Toby Petersen, Shane Endicott and Matt Hussey, and defenseman Brendan Buckley. Defenseman Paul Bissonnette, a fourth-round pick in the June draft, was returned to Saginaw of the Ontario Hockey League. Surovy is considered one of the team's top prospects after scoring four goals in 26 games with Pittsburgh last season.

SABRES: Restricted free-agent defenseman Jay McKee agreed to a two-year contract. McKee will make $1.7-million this season and $2.2-million next with a club option for the 2005-06 season. McKee missed 12 days of preseason preparations.

Miroslav Satan, the club's leading scorer with 26 goals and a career-high 75 points last season, is the lone Sabres player still not with the team. General manager Darcy Regier said the team presented Satan, also a restricted free agent, with an offer on Tuesday which Satan rejected. Regier is expecting a counterproposal within the next few days.

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