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Lawson to be evaluated tomorrow; DiPietro expected to be available Sunday

 Nate Lawson, who suffered a left knee  injury in the first period of tonight's 5-2 win over the Sabres will be evaluated tomorrow to determine the severity of the injury.

"Obviously we'll know tomorrow. At this point I can't comment. We kept him out of the game obviously. He was sore enough that he couldn't play," coach Jack Capuano said after the game.

After suffering the injury while making a stop on Jochan Hecht at the right post at 16:58 of the first, Lawson remained in the game for the rest of the first period. 20-year-old rookie Kevin Poulin replaced him in the second.

Save for a short span in the third when Nathan Gerbe tallied twice within five seconds, Poulin was superb in preserving the win for the Islanders.

"I though Kevin was excellent tonight. He made some huge saves there in the third to keep it where it needed to be. He was on top of his game," Capuano said.

"It was a team win," Poulin said after the game. "I had to go in for the second and the third and I felt great. I don't think I had the best game the last two, but we had a great game [tonight] so it was good one to build on."

Although DiPietro did not make the trip to Buffalo--he has been battling the flu the past few days--the plan is for him to practice Saturday and be available to play against the Sabres Sunday.

 

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