NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at NY Islanders |
(Saturday, December 30th)
Final Score: New Jersey 2, NY Islanders 0
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur made 29 saves to record his
sixth shutout of the season, as New Jersey blanked the New York Islanders, 2-0
at Nassau Coliseum.
Brodeur now has 86 shutouts over his brilliant career.
"It's not like we dominated anybody here, but we got the two points, and it's
a big confidence builder knowing we're able to play with them," Brodeur said.
"We're definitely happy about winning the game, especially against these
Brian Rafalski and Patrik Elias tallied the goals for the Devils, who have
rattled off three straight wins.
Rick DiPietro finished with 34 saves for the Islanders, who have dropped two
in a row.
"They're a stronger defensive team," said New York head coach Ted Nolan.
"Sometimes you have to be good to be lucky and lucky to be good. It was just
one fluke goal that was the difference in that game."
The Devils struck first and scored 5:21 into the opening period to take a 1-0
lead. From the right point, Rafalski fluttered a wrist shot that saw the puck
make its way through a sea of players in front and over a screened DiPietro's
After a scoreless second stanza, the Islanders had just three shots on goal in
the first 10 minutes of the third period.
With about three minutes left in the contest, Jason Blake had two whacks at a
loose puck in the crease but Brodeur stood his ground and denied the Islanders
attempts to net the equalizer.
With under a minute remaining, the Isles, who were down a man, pulled DiPietro
and Elias sealed the victory for New Jersey with an empty-net goal with just
10.6 seconds left in the game.
Rafalski's goal was his second of the season while Elias tallied his 15th goal
of the campaign...The Devils finished 1-for-4 on the power play while the
Islanders did not score in three chances with the man advantage...The
Islanders announced earlier on Saturday that defenseman Radek Martinek
will be out of action for four weeks with a broken bone in his foot.
12/30 23:28:01 ET