"He's turned it on for the last two games and is playing the puck much tougher," said Islanders coach Mike Milbury after New York beat the St. Louis Blues 1-0 Saturday night.
Salo stopped 23 shots for the 11th shutout of his three-year career.
Milbury said he sees a new approach by Salo this season.
"You can see that he is going beyond just stopping that first shot, he's looking to make plays," Milbury said.
For his part, Salo said it might be the confidence that comes with experience rather than a new attitude on the ice.
"I have three years of experience now, I feel comfortable, like I know what I'm doing," Salo said.
Salo had to face 10 shots in the third period, but the Blues had few good scoring chances. St. Louis was 0-for-3 on the power play.
"I was seeing the puck well all night, even when they pulled their goalie," Salo said. "This is the kind of game our team plays with good defense."
The Blues played Friday night, but Jamie Rivers said he did not think that was a factor in the game.
"I don't know if we were tired or not," Rivers said. "We had some chances in the third period but didn't take advantage of them."
Bryan Berard scored the game's only goal as the Blues were shut out in a home opener for the first time since 1973.
Berard scored at 16:08 of the second period during an Islanders power play. Berard took a pass in front of the net from Bryan Smolinski to beat goaltender Jamie McLennan for his first goal of the season.
McLennan started in place of Grant Fuhr, who is day-to-day with a strained right knee.
The Islanders (2-2-0), who had not won in St. Louis since 1992, had only 12 shots in the game.
An apparent goal by Chris Pronger at 1:37 of the second was disallowed when the Blues were penalized on the play. Pronger deflected the puck into the goal with his skate but Jim Campbell was called for cross-checking on the play and the goal was disallowed.
Another shot by Pronger about halfway through the final period bounced off the right goal post.
The Blues had a power-play opportunity with 8:13 left in the game but could not score.
The attendance of 20,232 was the 13th straight sellout for the Blues, who dropped to 1-2-1 after losing their second straight.
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