Wade a major star for Isles

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

UNIONDALE N.Y. -- If the New York Islanders show anything like their spunky season-ending stand last night against the New York Rangers, then the Maple Leafs will pay dearly for a point or two here tomorrow.

Though the hockey gods have conspired against coach Ted Nolan's team in the final weeks of the season, mainly taking out his No. 1 goaltender Rick DiPietro, they've also given him Wade Dubielewicz, the first star among many heroes in a 3-2 shootout win.

The bald, career minor-leaguer made 36 saves on top of the shootout and is 1-1.

"I've got to take what I can get now," said the 28-year-old. "I can't celebrate this when we have (Toronto) in 48 hours."

In addition to DiPietro's season-ending concussion, the team had been without big-ticket acquisition Ryan Smyth for a few games and yesterday found out the NHL will not allow them to use Todd Simpson because of a suspension he was given in the German League for abusing an official.

But Dubielewicz looked like Billy Smith and the Isles gave pest Sean Avery some of his own medicine.

The Isles killed five power plays and Brendan Witt blocked a hard shot in the groin in the first period and couldn't uncross his legs to skate off. He left the game for a few minutes, but recovered.

"I thought I was going to vomit," he said jokingly later. "That would've looked good on TV."

While Toronto attempts to beat the Isles after suffering two shootout losses to them, the Rangers will be downtown trying to help by knocking off the Canadiens.

The Isles shocked New York's star goalie Henrik Lundqvist on two fluke goals by Arron Ashan and Miro Satan. Brendan Shanahan and Micahel Nylander tied it in the second, but only Satan scored in the shootout.

"We didn't have the same jump as we did against Toronto," Jaromir Jagr said.


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