NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at NY Islanders
(Saturday, March 13th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 4, New Jersey 2
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Sean Bergenheim scored a short-handed goal late in the third period as the New York Islanders took down the New Jersey Devils, 4-2 at Nassau Coliseum.
Freddy Meyer, Jon Sim and Mark Streit also scored for the Islanders, who ended their four-game losing streak. Dwayne Roloson stopped 38 shots for the win.
Mike Mottau and Ilya Kovalchuk each found the net for the Devils, who had won two straight coming in. Former Islander netminder Yann Danis filled in for the resting Martin Brodeur and allowed four goals on 29 shots in defeat.
After Isles defenseman Dylan Reese was assessed a double-minor for high sticking at 9:15 in the final period, Blake Comeau started a 2-on-1 break, finding Bergenheim wide open in front for the score at 11:33, extending the Isles margin to 4-2.
The goal was reviewed as the net appeared to come off its hinges slightly, but the call stood.
"It was a big play," said Comeau. "They were down a goal and they were on a four minute power play. Our penalty killing was great tonight."
The Devils had a 5-on-3 advantage for almost a minute shortly after the goal, but the Islanders and Roloson were able to stand a furious New Jersey attack.
Danis was pulled with 1:37 left, but the extra skater didn't help the Devils trim their deficit.
"We came out and played a real strong first 15 minutes of the game," said Devils forward Jamie Langenbrunner. "We were really in control and then we stopped playing for you know 35 minutes or whatever it was. We can't do that."
Mottau put the Devils on the scoreboard first at 2:52 into the game, as he simply threw the puck on net from the right boards and sailed between a screened Roloson's legs.
The Islanders tied the game on a 3-on-2 break as Josh Bailey dished to Tim Jackman, who lifted a wrister that bounced off of Danis and was tipped in by Meyer with 2:37 left in the opening period.
In the second, Richard Park drove the neutral zone and was sandwiched between two Devils defenders as the puck trickled back to Sim, who blasted it past Danis at 11:59 to give the Isles the 2-1 lead.
Just 50 seconds later, the Islanders added to the lead on the power play when Frans Nielsen fed Streit at the left point, for a slapshot that was deflected by a Devil and trickled past Danis.
But the Devils bounced back 1:41 into the third, when Dean McAmmond left a drop pass for Kovalchuk, who uncorked a slap shot from the right boards for his 36th goal of the year.
Bergenheim's short-handed goal was the sixth for the Islanders this season...Prior to the contest, the Islanders announced that forward Doug Weight will miss the remainder of the regular season following impending surgery on his left shoulder...McAmmond finished with two assists for the Devils...New Jersey next plays on Monday at home against Boston...The Islanders host Toronto on Sunday.
03/13 23:25:59 ET