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Islanders, 2-1 (OT)

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  September 23, 2008 09:07 PM

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Former University of New Hampshire star Trevor Smith gave the Islanders the win in overtime, wheeling around Matt Lashoff and lifting a backhander over Tuukka Rask. It was one of 38 shots the Islanders poured on Rask.

"I felt pretty confident right from the start," Rask said. "Of course we wanted to win this game, but we didn't deserve it. That's for sure. They outplayed us. No question about that."

* Not much pop from Boston's first line of Milan Lucic, Marc Savard, and Michael Ryder. They combined for three of Boston's 19 shots. "It's probably going to take us two or three games to get familiar with each other on the ice," Ryder said. "Tonight was a good test for us. They came out hard."

* Ryder threw one of two teeth-jarring hits in the third period. Ryder pasted Chris Campoli into the end boards, knocking the defenseman out of the game and drawing the displeasure of Sean Bergenheim. Earlier in the third, Johnny Boychuk caught Kurtis McLean with his head down and cleaned the forward's clock with an open-ice hit. McLean was slow to get up and left for the dressing room.

* Rask wasn't crazy about fellow Finn Jesse Joensuu bowling him over in the third period. "Jesse," said Rask. "That [expletive] guy took me out."

STICK SALUTE: Rask. He looked poised and smooth. Rask took away everything down low and showed off his explosiveness when moving from side to side. He'll most likely start the season in Providence, but tonight was a good start for Rask's eventual promotion to the NHL.

SIN BIN: The kid line of Mikko Lehtonen, Zach Hamill, and Jordan Knackstedt. They were a step behind and weren't winning many puck battles. Didn't make much of a case of sticking around deep into camp. "A lot of our young guys seemed nervous out there," Julien said. "They certainly didn't showcase what they probably can do. That one is under their belt, and hopefully they'll get better from here on in."

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