UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Miroslav Satan scored his third straight winning goal and the New York Islanders denied Devils goalie Martin Brodeur his 500th NHL victory with a 2-1 win over New Jersey on Saturday night.

Josef Vasicek also scored for the Islanders, who won their fourth in a row and finished a six-game homestand with five wins. Rick DiPietro turned aside 19 shots for his eighth win this season, and 98th in the NHL. He made a huge stick save on Brian Gionta with 25 seconds left to preserve the win.

Dainius Zubrus had the only goal for the Devils, 1-2-1 in their last four. Brodeur stopped 20 shots.

The first period was scoreless until Vasicek gave New York the lead at 17:13. Standing in the slot, Vasicek banged in the rebound of Chris Campoli’s shot from the left point.

Both goalies came up big early in the second period. Brodeur flashed his left pad to stop Richard Park, and on the ensuing rush, DiPietro made a rising glove save on Zubrus.

Brodeur stopped Park again with just over six minutes left in the period with a glove save on a break in, and about a minute later, laid down to deny Trent Hunter.

Zubrus got the Devils even 70 seconds into the third period when he had three chances at a rebound. He backhanded the final attempt, and Islanders defenseman Brendan Witt accidentally put it past DiPietro.

Satan capitalized on the front end of a two-man advantage at 6:25 to put the Islanders back in front. He took Hunter’s cross-crease pass and put it in.

Satan has all five of his goals, plus five of his six assists in the past seven games, recording at least one point in each game.

Notes: New York captain Bill Guerin left the ice with 2:14 left in the first period after taking a puck to the face. He returned for a few shifts to start the second, but then went back to the dressing room to have his eye checked. He didn’t return. Islanders reacquired D Freddy Meyer off waivers from Phoenix. Meyer had been claimed off waivers from the Islanders by the Coyotes last month. … The homestand was the longest for the Islanders this season. … Ryan Walter, the father of Islanders rookie C Ben Walter, saw his son play in the NHL for the first time in person. Ryan Walter was an NHL forward with Washington and Montreal. … The Islanders honored the military in a pregame ceremony.

AP-ES-11-10-07 2139EST


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