January 13, 2006

Islanders cap eventful day by dousing Flames

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mark Parrish scored a third period
powerplay goal to lift the New York Islanders to a 3-2 win over
the Calgary Flames on Thursday, giving head coach Brad Shaw a
winning debut.

The win capped an eventful day on Long Island, which saw
Shaw named to replace coach Steve Stirling and then longtime
general manager Mike Milbury announcing he would step down
after helping team owner Charles Wang find his successor.

Milbury will take a position with Wang's sports properties

Trent Hunter and Miroslav Satan also scored for the
Islanders while Rick DiPietro, returning to action after
missing five games with a sore knee, made 28 saves to help New
York halt a three-game losing skid.

Darren McCarty and Jarome Iginla each had a goal for the
Flames while rookie defenseman Dion Phaneuf chipped in with a
pair of assists.

Having lost eight of their last nine games, the Islanders
looked headed toward another defeat when McCarty collected his
third of season just 53 seconds into the game.

Hunter answered back for the Islanders less than two
minutes later but New York still entered the intermission
trailing 2-1 when Iginla scored on the powerplay of his 18th of
the season.

But the Islanders would battle back, Satan getting the
equalizer in the second and then Parrish redirected a pass from
the Czech forward past Miikka Kiprusoff with 7:44 left to play.


In New York, Jaromir Jagr made sure Mark Messier's party
ended in a victory, scoring 14 seconds into overtime to lift
the New York Rangers to a 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

It was a happy conclusion to an emotional evening as the
Rangers retired Messier's number 11, hoisting the
former-captain's jersey to the rafters in a pre-game ceremony
at Madison Square Garden.

The NHL's second all-time leading scorer behind former
Oilers team mate Wayne Gretzky, Messier led Edmonton to five
Stanley Cups before coming to Rangers and ending a 54-year
championship drought.

Steve Rucchin, Fedor Tyutin, Petr Sykora and Petr Prucha
also scored for New York.

Michael Peca scored a double for the Oilers while Ales
Hemsky and Marc-Andre Bergeron notched singles.

In other games; Alexander Frolov had a hat-trick and
Mathieu Garon stopped 30 shots to earn the shutout as the Los
Angeles Kings blanked the Boston Bruins 6-0.

Geoff Sanderson was the only player to score in the
shootout lifting the Phoenix Coyotes to a 2-1 win over the
Buffalo Sabres.

Evgeni Nabokov made 40 saves to record the shutout as the
San Jose Sharks blanked the Ottawa Senators 2-0 while the
Florida Panthers defeated the St. Louis Blues 3-1.

Henrik Zetterberg scored a pair of goals and set up two
others sparking the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-3 victory over the
Philadelphia Flyers while the Dallas Stars defeated the
Washington Capitals 4-1.