NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at NY Islanders|
(Sunday, March 6th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, NY Islanders 2 (SO)
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Brian Rolston scored in the sixth round of
the shootout to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 win over the New York
Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
After Matt Martin was stopped by Martin Brodeur, Rolston skated down the
middle and moved to the left before snapping the puck past Al Montoya for the
"It seemed like he was moving pretty well to the backhand side," said Rolston.
"So I just tried to freeze him and got around him to the forehand. But if
Marty (Brodeur) doesn't make all those saves we don't have the opportunity to
Rolston also scored in regulation while Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and an
assist for the Devils, who are an incredible 20-2-2 since losing the first
four games of 2011. Brodeur stopped 20 shots in the win.
The remarkable turnaround has moved the Devils, who at one point sat in the
basement of the NHL standings, to eight points out of the final playoff spot
in the Eastern Conference.
Josh Bailey and Blake Comeau each had a goal for the Islanders, who had won
their previous two coming into the game. Montoya made 27 stops.
"The guys played great in front of me and made it pretty simple," said
Montoya. "You've gotta like the effort out there, but it still would have been
nice to get the two points."
After a scoreless first period, the Devils drew blood 4:09 into the second on
the power play when Rolston's blast from the top of the right circle made its
way through traffic.
The Isles, though, used a power-play marker of their own to tie the game with
2:54 left in the second as a wrister from the right circle by Bailey sailed
past the glove of Brodeur.
Kovalchuk gave New Jersey a 2-1 lead 2:52 into the third when Jacob Josefson
left a drop pass for at the right circle and Kovalchuk's wrister went through
the five-hole of Montoya for his 24th goal.
However, New York tied the game again with 3:42 left in regulation as a broken
pass saw the puck trickle to the slot where Comeau snapped it home.
New Jersey hosts Ottawa on Tuesday...The Isles host Toronto on Tuesday...Each
team has won twice in the season series...New Jersey scored on its only power
play while the Isles were 1-for-3 on the advantage.
03/07 00:24:03 ET