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Andrew MacDonald and Frans Nielsen scored first-period goals and the New York Islanders hung on for a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Monday despite a lackluster final two periods. Al Montoya made 20 saves in his second straight start over Rick DiPietro. Unlike his outing in the season-opening 2-0 loss to Florida on Saturday, Montoya got some offense and held off the Wild to give the Islanders their first win of the season. Montoya lost his shutout bid 1:13 into the third period when Matt Cullen scored his second goal in two games. Minnesota lost its first road game of the season after opening with a 4-2 home win over Columbus on Saturday. New York managed to hold off the Wild despite being outshot 19-5 after their impressive first period. Minnesota had chances to at least get even, but failed to connect on five power-play opportunities - including a 44-second, two-man advantage in the second period that didn't generate a shot, and a pair of third-period advantages. The ...
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