EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Rick DiPietro made 25 saves and Shawn Bates had a goal and an assist to help the New York Islanders end a two-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

Mattias Weinhandl, Oleg Kvasha and Jason Blake also scored for the Islanders.

Vladimir Malakhov scored for the Devils, who dropped their fourth straight.

The Islanders took a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Weinhandl and Bates.

Weinhandl deflected Brad Lukowich’s point shot past Scott Clemmensen at 2:57.

Bates scored from a difficult angle at 11:35. Bates took a shot from the right boards as he drove toward the goal line and the puck slipped past Clemmensen.

In the second, Malakhov scored on a 5-on-3 advantage at 7:11 to cut it to 2-1. Malakhov, manning the right point, took a cross-ice feed from Paul Martin and fired a shot past DiPietro with Brian Gionta providing an effective screen.

The Islanders countered with a power-play goal by Kvasha with 2:21 remaining in the period. Brent Sopel took a point shot that glanced off Kvasha’s leg,

New York threatened to add another goal in the closing seconds but Jason Blake hit the left post on a short-handed breakaway.

In the third, the Devils mustered only seven shots and DiPietro turned them all away including two from close range by Jay Pandolfo.

Blake closed out the scoring on 2-on-1 break with Bates with 1:02 remaining.

Notes: D Dan McGillis and RW Alexander Mogilny were healthy scratches for New Jersey. The Devils have been frustrated by Mogilny, the former 76-goal scorer. He sat out his first game after scoring one goal in the last seven games. Darren Langdon took Mogilny’s place and saw his first action of the season. … Devils G Martin Brodeur missed his sixth straight game because of a sprained medial collateral ligament in the right knee. … The game marked a major turnaround for the Islanders lost their last two by a combined 11-1 margin. New York also ended a three-game road losing streak.

AP-ES-11-08-05 2202EST


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