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Associated Press
12/26/2006 10:35:23 PM


UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Rick DiPietro stopped 28 shots for his third consecutive shutout at home, and the New York Islanders got goals from Arron Asham and Jason Blake in a 2-0 victory over the slumping New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

DiPietro extended his home shutout streak to 185:43. The last goal he allowed at Nassau Coliseum came with 43 seconds left in regulation of a 2-1 shootout win against Florida on Dec. 9.

The Islanders moved one point ahead of the Rangers, just behind the Atlantic Division-leading New Jersey Devils. The Islanders also have three games in hand on the Rangers, who have lost six straight overall following a five-game winning streak.

Henrik Lundqvist was strong in goal for the Rangers, turning aside 36 shots.

The Islanders came out hitting and took six of the first seven shots in the scoreless first period, which featured 7:05 of uninterrupted action.

The Rangers had a great opportunity to take the lead at 7:40 when Adam Hall had DiPietro down as he crossed the net from left to right, but the goalie stuck out his left pad and just got a piece of the puck on Hall's shot.

FULL STORYhttp://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=189763&hubname=nhl
 
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