Biron returns in goal for Islanders

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Goaltender Martin Biron got his first start in net last night since the Islanders' Dec. 8 loss in Philadelphia.

Biron's starts increasingly have become fewer and further between - last night was his second in the last nine games - and have been low-lighted with some of the most groan-worthy Islanders efforts this season, including the 6-2 loss against the Flyers and a 6-1 drubbing by the Devils Nov. 28.

Last night, he was looking to turn that luck around. "I want a strong, solid start any time I'm on the ice," Biron said. "But I have to try and not put too much pressure on myself."

Since he has been relegated to the backup goaltending role because of the emergence of veteran netminder Dwayne Roloson, Biron will have the added pressure of trying to find his rhythm and shake off any remaining rust.

"I haven't been in the net for a while, so I just want to get back in there and get back in the rhythm and build my game up back to where I want it to be," Biron said before the game. "To bring all of these things together will be very exciting."

"He's probably just anxious to play," coach Scott Gordon said before the game. "We've been riding Rolie here because of matchups and because his play has dictated that we keep coming back with him."

Roloson back-to-back

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Gordon said he could've gone with either goaltender for the second Rangers game but felt it was time to see what Roloson could do in back-to-back games. When asked if he would be willing to go back to Roloson in back-to-back games in the future, Gordon said he would. "One game doesn't dictate what you do for the future," he said.

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