NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at New Jersey|
(Friday, November 21st)
Final Score: New Jersey 5, NY Islanders 2
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Brian Gionta had a goal and an assist as the
New Jersey Devils roughed up the New York Islanders, 5-2, at Prudential
Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise each had three assists while Kevin Weekes
made 25 saves in the win for the Devils, who are in the midst of a three-game
"It's obviously huge especially since one of them wasn't Zach," said
Langenbrunner about five different players getting a goal. "You know that's
been a big change for us. So great job by the defensemen getting pucks through
tonight, shooting the puck. It's a big key for us with all the guys we have
out and the situation we're in to have a lot of guys contributing."
Andy Hilbert and Sean Bergenheim each had a goal and Joey MacDonald gave up
all five goals on 33 shots for the Islanders, who had their first three-game
winning streak of the season stopped.
"We just got to keep battling, we had a few turnovers that cost us the game,"
said MacDonald. "In the second period I thought we started throwing some stuff
at the net and we started getting some bounces on them and there were rebounds
there for the taking, but it seemed like every time we battled back, they came
down and the third goal just shot off our "D" into the net. Just one of those
nights that the puck was just bouncing."
New Jersey's power play, which was ranked second in the league to last coming
into the game at 12.5 percent, gave the team the lead. Late in the first with
Bruno Gervais in the box for slashing, Johnny Oduya blasted a one-timer from
the right point that David Clarkson tipped past MacDonald with just 1:19 left
in the frame.
Just 10 seconds later, the Devils grabbed a 2-0 lead as Langenbrunner
unleashed a soft shot from the right point that Travis Zajac, charging the
net, tipped by MacDonald.
Weekes stopped all nine shots he faced in the first period.
The Islanders got on the board at the 3:29 mark of the second period as
Hilbert threw a quick shot on net from the left boards that surprised Weekes.
However, the Devils got the goal back just 23 seconds later as Bryce
Salvador's shot from the left point hit off of Chris Campoli's skate in front
of the net and past MacDonald.
New York made it a 3-2 game later in the second as Andy Sutton threw a shot on
net from the left circle that hit off the right post and was then slammed home
by Bergenheim with 6:56 left in the frame.
New Jersey, though, answered with just 16 seconds left in the second as Parise
put a shot on net from the left side that was stopped, but Gionta jammed home
the loose puck during a scrum in front for a 4-2 advantage.
The Devils struck again on the power play with 7:28 left in the third period
as Paul Martin's blast from the high slot went through a screen and into the
left corner of the net.
New Jersey plays in Tampa on Sunday...The Islanders play in Buffalo on
Saturday...The Islanders won six of eight games against the Devils last
season, but have lost both matchups this season...New Jersey went 2-for-5 on
the power play while the Islanders finished the game 0-for-3...Islanders
center Frans Nielsen left the in the third period with an apparent leg injury.
He was on the receiving end of an open-ice hit by Devils defenseman Mike
Mottau and remained down before being helped off the ice...New Jersey center
John Madden was scratched from the game with a left foot injury he suffered in
Thursday's 3-1 win over the Panthers.
11/21 22:40:15 ET