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David Ullstrom, Keith Aucoin working well together

David Ullstrom of the New York Islanders skates

David Ullstrom of the New York Islanders skates against the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Jan. 21, 2013) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

David Ullstrom and Keith Aucoin met for the first time on Friday, during the last practice before the season began and just after Aucoin was claimed off waivers from the Maple Leafs. They've formed quite a solid tandem the first two games with the Islanders. Along with Colin McDonald, they have been a line that's provided a bit of sandpaper for opponents and been around the net, culminating in Ullstrom's pretty goal in the third period Monday off a well-timed feed from Aucoin.

"He's got great vision. You can see that just from the pass he gave me," Ullstrom said of Aucoin, 34, who's played in 104 NHL and 707 AHL games. "He's just a smart, good, all-around player. I'm happy we gave him a chance."

Ullstrom, 23, is making the most of his minutes as well, showing plenty of speed and effort around the net as well as a mean streak. He sparred with fellow Swede Victor Hedman a few times Monday.

Effective special teams

The Islanders scored a power-play goal for the second straight game. More important, they didn't allow one for a second straight game, this time against a Lightning team that has Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos and Ryan Malone and went 3-for-7 on the power play against the Caps on Saturday.

"They had some looks, but almost all from the outside," Michael Grabner said.

The Islanders are one of only four teams that haven't allowed a power-play goal through two games.

Capuano returns

Jack Capuano was well enough to coach a day after leaving the hospital after surgery to remove kidney stones. "I was a little dehydrated out there," Capuano said.

Capuano made one lineup change from Saturday, putting Casey Cizikas in for Eric Boulton on the fourth line.

Commish in the house

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was among the 15,322 on hand at the Coliseum.

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