NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at New Jersey
(Wednesday, March 30th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, NY Islanders 2
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Andy Greene scored the go-ahead goal on a perfectly-placed wrist shot with 4:56 remaining in the third period, lifting the Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Islanders.
Ilya Kovalchuk and Jacob Josefson also scored for the Devils, with Kovalchuk's goal in the first period snapping a team-record scoreless streak dating back over a week.
Martin Brodeur made 27 saves as New Jersey improved to just 2-4-1 in its last seven games.
Frans Nielsen scored two goals in the third period to tie the game for New York, but the Islanders fell for the third straight game. Rick DiPietro allowed three goals on 20 shots.
"We were down 2-0, we didn't quit. That's the resilience we've shown the last two months," Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said.
Kovalchuk scored 4:17 into the game to give New Jersey a 1-0 lead and snap the longest goal drought in Devils team history at 178 minutes and 12 seconds.
He also scored their last goal, with 8:55 left in the first period of a 4-1 loss to Boston on March 22. In between, the Devils suffered back-to-back shutout losses -- 1-0 to Pittsburgh in a shootout on Friday and 2-0 to Buffalo on Saturday.
But the Islanders couldn't keep them off the board, not even after mounting a late comeback.
Josefson made it 2-0 Devils when he got his stick behind DiPietro to stuff home a rebound 3:23 into the second period.
Nielsen got New York on the board midway through the third period on a shorthanded goal with Mark Katic off on a high-sticking double minor. He picked off a lazy Devils pass and skated alone on Brodeur, beating him with a backhand he flipped into the top of the net.
He was credited with New York's next goal, too, after teammate Matt Martin skated down the left side and behind the net for a wrap-around try. Nielsen was the last Islander to touch the puck as it fluttered in the crease, tying the game at 2-2 with 6:16 remaining.
But Greene responded just 80 seconds later, letting go a wrister from the left circle that skirted traffic in front and beat DiPietro on the far side.
"I just wanted to make sure I hit the net because our guys were crashing," recalled Greene.
The previous Devils record for longest scoreless streak was 159:18 set from December 21-27, 2008. The franchise record is 185:44 set between November 27- December 4, 1974 during the first season of the old Kansas City Scouts.
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