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Associated Press
11/24/2006 5:03:47 PM


UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Miroslav Satan had a goal and assist, and Rick DiPietro stopped 35 shots in the New York Islanders' 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.

Alexei Yashin and Sean Hill also scored goals for New York, which is 5-1-1 in its last seven games.

Evgeni Malkin spoiled DiPietro's shutout bid in the third period with his 11th goal for the Penguins, and Jocelyn Thibault turned aside 26 shots. Pittsburgh, which lost for the second time in seven games (4-2-1), was without second-year star Sidney Crosby for the second straight game.

The 19-year-old centre took part in the pre-game warmup, but was forced out of the lineup by a sore groin.

Malkin, the Penguins' latest star rookie, appeared to be injured late in the game following a shoulder-to-shoulder hit by Islanders defenceman Brendan Witt. Witt's check at the Islanders blue line knocked Malkin's helmet off, and the centre skated directly off the ice toward the dressing room.

DiPietro kept the Penguins off the board until late and was helped when the Islanders killed a 51-second, two-man disadvantage halfway through the opening period. Shortly after a faceoff, Richard Park - the only forward on the ice for New York - broke his stick. Park then blocked two shots while the Islanders were short-handed.

Yashin opened the scoring at 2:12 of the second period. Thibault tried to clear the puck behind the net, but it hit Miroslav Satan. Satan found Yashin, parked by the left post, and the Islanders captain put the puck in the open left side.

The goal extended Yashin's point streak to four games (3-3-6). He has 15 points in 12 games (seven goals, eight assists), and leads the team with 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists).

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