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Islanders take early lead to exorcise Devils


The New York Islanders Ice Girls take to the ice during a timeout in the game against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Isles defeated the Devils 4-2.


Mike York had a goal and two assists, and Jason Blake scored in his return from a concussion on Wednesday night to lift the New York Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

Blake missed two games after his scary crash into the boards eight days earlier, but the US Olympic forward had New York's first two shots against Martin Brodeur -- Team Canada's top goalie -- and put the Islanders ahead less than three minutes into the game.

York also scored unassisted in the second period to snap a 1-1 tie, and Trent Hunter had two goals in the third period -- the only ones in the game not netted by an American. New Jersey has lost seven of nine.

Rick DiPietro, who likely will get the bulk of the work for the US at the Turin Olympics, made 25 saves. DiPietro was pulled in New York's 9-6 loss to Toronto on Monday after allowing six goals.

Stars 5, Blue Jackets 3

Philippe Boucher and Stu Barnes each had two goals at Columbus, Ohio, and Dallas scored three times within four minutes to start the third period for a victory over Columbus.

Trailing 3-2 heading into the period, the Stars pulled even on Boucher's second of the night and seventh of the season, then Barnes added his seventh and eighth goals to give Dallas a two-goal lead. The Stars scored on three of their first five shots in a span of 3:59.

Mike Modano added a goal and an assist, Jason Arnott had three assists and Brenden Morrow and Sergei Zubov each had two assists. Boucher added an assist. Rick Nash celebrated his selection to the Canadian Olympic team with his third goal in as many games for Columbus.

Predators 6, Blackhawks 1

At Chicago, Paul Kariya had two goals and rookie defenseman Ryan Suter scored his first in the NHL to lead Nashville to its fourth consecutive win.

Yanic Perreault had a goal and an assist for Nashville, and Chris Mason made 26 saves.

Matthew Barnaby had the lone goal for the Blackhawks, who have lost four of five.

Chicago starting goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was pulled midway through the second period after allowing four goals on 12 shots. Khabibulin, who was replaced by Craig Anderson, was lifted in a game for the second time this season.

Anderson allowed two goals on 19 shots, both to Kariya in the third period. Kariya also added an assist to go along with his 11th and 12th goals.

Kings 5, Flames 2

Mike Cammalleri scored twice and Jeff Giuliano's first career goal was the game-winner on Wednesday at Calgary, Alberta, as Los Angeles won with four goals in the third period.

Los Angeles won its fourth in a row despite missing two of its top centers. Former Flames forward Craig Conroy is out with the flu and Jeremy Roenick will miss at least a month with a broken finger.

Daymond Langkow and Jarome Iginla scored for Calgary. Iginla's goal was his 14th of the season but only his third in 14 games.

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