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NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at NY Islanders



(Monday, December 29th)

Final Score: NY Islanders 3, New Jersey 1

Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Mark Parrish scored a pair of goals and Garth Snow made 28 saves, leading the New York Islanders to a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils at Nassau Coliseum.

Kenny Jonsson also scored for the Islanders, who have won five straight and are 9-2-0-1 in their last 12. New York has played New Jersey four times in that span, winning the last three after losing the first one in overtime.

Grant Marshall scored the lone goal for the Devils, who have lost just three times in their last 12 (7-2-2-1). All three setbacks have come against the Islanders.

Martin Brodeur made 21 saves in defeat. He has allowed 12 goals in the last three meetings with the Islanders after posting shutouts in the three previous matchups.

New York has won seven straight at home, its longest streak since the 1989-90 season.

The Islanders came out strong and scored the first goal just before a power play was set to expire at the 6:31 mark. Roman Hamrlik had the puck along the right boards and fired a shot toward the net. Parrish was being cross-checked to the ice by New Jersey's Scott Niedermayer, but was able to deflect the puck past Brodeur for his 12th goal of the season.

New York nearly scored moments later after the ensuing faceoff, but Mattias Weinhandl's shot from the left circle rang off the crossbar.

The Devils picked up their play late in the period, but Snow was up to the task. He made a great save on a shot from the slot by Jay Pandolfo, after a giveaway by New York defenseman Janne Niinimaa, with just under a minute left in the stanza.

New Jersey had a power play early in the second period, but failed to cash in because of two great saves by Snow. He turned aside a deflected shot, then sprawled to deny Jeff Friesen's rebound attempt.

The Devils tied it a few moments later at 7:34 when Marshall converted a perfect cross-ice pass from Sergei Brylin into his second goal of the season. Brylin picked up the puck from Scott Gomez, skated into the left circle and fed a pass across for Marshall, who redirected it past Snow on the glove side.

The Islanders went back in front at the 11:18 mark when Jonsson's wrister from the point slipped past a screened Brodeur. Oleg Kvasha skated to the front of the crease to shield Brodeur on Jonsson's third goal.

Snow kept New York in front with 4 1/2 minutes left in the second period, stopping Mike Rupp on a 2-on-1 chance.

Parrish then scored his second of the game with just 52 seconds remaining in the period, beating Brodeur from below the left circle, to give the Islanders a 3-1 edge.

Snow preserved the victory with eight saves in the third period.

Game Notes

A victory Wednesday against Pittsburgh would give the Islanders 10 wins in a month for the first time since December 1983...Parrish has five goals in his last three games...The Islanders sent backup goaltender Rick DiPietro to their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport. He has played just 27 minutes in the last 10 games and asked to be sent to the minors for playing time...Brodeur is two games shy of 700 for his career...The Devils are still 6-2-1-1 in the last 10 meetings with the Islanders. The teams won't meet again until March 29...New Jersey finished the month of December 7-3-2-1.

12/29 21:44:15 ET


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