Isles Blank Sens In Opener

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2003 Playoffs

Garth Snow earned his first career playoff shutout to lead the New York Islanders to a stunning 3-0 victory over the top-seeded Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night in the opener of their playoff series.

"I feel great," Alexei Yashin said. "To get a win in Ottawa, especially in the playoffs, I beat one of the best teams in the league. But it's only the start and we have to keep focusing on the game."

Dave Scatchard, Yashin and Shawn Bates scored for the Isles, who finished 30 points behind the Senators.

Mogilny Hat Trick Lifts Leafs
Alexander Mogilny scored his first career playoff hat trick as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 in the opening game of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.

The Flyers dominated the game, outshooting the Leafs 31-15. But Toronto scored four goals on its first 13 attempts against Roman Cechmanek.

"I played a bad game," Cechmanek said. "I can play a lot better. I made a lot of mistakes. I have to help my team. It's only one game so we'll see the next game. I'm surprised we lost."

Game 2 is Friday night at the First Union Center.

Oilers Stun Stars
Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff each scored as the Edmonton Oilers upset the Dallas Stars 2-1 in the Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

"It's only the first game," Horcoff said, "but it's definitely gratifying."

Langenbrunner Scores Twice For Devils
Jamie Langenbrunner scored twice and Martin Brodeur had 26 saves to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins in the opener of their first-round playoff series Wednesday night.

"Jamie's played well all year long," Devils coach Pat Burns said. "He does have a knack of getting the big goal at the right time. That goal, when he picked off that pass in the middle, that was heads up hockey on his part."

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