One day after Coach Peter Laviolette proclaimed his eighth-place Islanders were superior to the Presidents' Trophy-winning Senators, his team backed him up.
Dave Scatchard, former Senators captain Alexei Yashin and Shawn Bates scored, and Garth Snow earned his first career playoff shutout to lead New York to a stunning 3-0 victory over the top-seeded Senators in an Eastern Conference first-round series last night in Ottawa.
"Our team on many occasions in big games has played big games," Laviolette said.
Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Saturday night in Ottawa.
Despite finishing 30 points behind the Senators who had 113, New York got goals from Scatchard and Yashin in the first period, in which Ottawa was outshot 15-6. Bates then scored midway through the second to knock Ottawa completely off its game.
"We were too overanxious," Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "We were running around, trying to finish every check -- we wanted to do too much."
* OILERS 2, STARS 1: Marty Turco failed his first playoff test.
Ryan Smyth popped a short-handed goal between Turco's legs, and Shawn Horcoff beat the record-setting goaltender's glove on a two-on-one break, sending eighth-seeded Edmonton past top-seeded Dallas in the opener of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
The Oilers came in thinking their best chance to pull off the road upset would be to get to Turco, who set an NHL record with a 1.72 goals against average this season, early in his first playoff game. He looked solid in turning away seven first-period shots and was bolstered by a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Mike Modano.
Then Turco allowed two goals within a 3:48 span early in the second period and Dallas never recovered. A spurt of penalties in the third left the Stars down at least one man the final 4:06, draining their comeback hopes.
Edmonton's Tommy Salo stopped 20 shots to earn just his fourth win in 16 playoff games. Turco made 21 saves.
Smyth's goal was very soft, the kind you might expect from a nerve-racked playoff rookie. Turco saw the puck the entire way and was in position to stop it, but it squirted under him.
* MAPLE LEAFS 5, FLYERS 3: Former Flyer Mikael Renberg scored a power-play goal with 5:39 left, leading Toronto over host Philadelphia in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series.
Game 2 is Friday night at First Union Center.
The Leafs, already without centers Doug Gilmour (knee) and Travis Green (ribs) and defenseman Glen Wesley (ankle), lost center Nik Antropov to a foot injury, and right wing Darcy Tucker to a leg injury.
"It's frustrating," Leafs captain Mats Sundin said. "We've had our share of injuries the last few years."
Toronto Coach Pat Quinn said Antropov broke a bone in his foot, and is out indefinitely. Tucker is scheduled for an MRI exam on his knee today.
The Flyers dominated the game, outshooting the Leafs 31-15. But Toronto scored four goals on its first 13 attempts against Roman Cechmanek.
* DEVILS 2, BRUINS 1: Jamie Langenbrunner scored twice and Martin Brodeur had 26 saves to lead New Jersey over visiting Boston in their Eastern Conference first-round series opener.
Bryan Berard scored for the Bruins in the series that matches teams coming off embarrassing first-round losses last year.
There were plenty of hard hits, and both teams played with a chippiness that could make this an interesting series. Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Friday before the series shifts to Boston for two games.