NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at New Jersey
(Tuesday, March 14th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 6, New Jersey 1
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Alexei Yashin scored twice as the New York Islanders routed the New Jersey Devils, 6-1, at Continental Airlines Arena.
Sean Bergenheim tallied a goal and two assists, Shawn Bates notched a goal and an assist and Jeff Tambellini registered his first NHL goal for New York, which has won four straight and six of its last seven contests. John Erskine scored his first of the season and Rick DiPietro made 16 saves for the Isles.
"I don't know how to explain it," DiPietro said. "If we could bottle up these efforts against the Devils and use them every night, we wouldn't be fighting for a playoff spot. Some teams you just match up well with and I guess this is one of them."
Martin Brodeur gave up six goals and was pulled for the second consecutive game for the Devils, who have lost three of their last four games. Paul Martin scored the only goal for New Jersey.
"The other night, 6-1, it's going to happen," Devils forward Scott Gomez said."We are definitely embarrassed -- we should be. But we got to wake up tomorrow and regroup, go back at it."
The Islanders scored the first six goals of the game to establish a commanding lead.
"As a team we aren't playing the way we think we are," Devils head coach Lou Lamoriello said. "We are making individual mistakes and collectively as a team we are not playing the way we have to play, the way we are designed to play."
New York got on the scoreboard 7:23 into the first period after Tambellini swept a rebound past Brodeur's stick side from on the doorstep. The Isles upped that advantage just over seven minutes later when Bergenheim poked a rebound past Brodeur from below the left circle.
The Islanders made it 3-0 at the 11:09 mark of the second period after Yashin notched his 20th tally of the season. New York continued the onslaught after Yashin tallied his second straight goal, his 21st of the season, for a 4-0 lead with 1:42 left in the second.
Bates scored just 36 seconds into the third period to give the Isles a 5-0 lead and, less than five minutes later, Erskine's wrister from the left point chased Brodeur and gave New York a 6-0 cushion.
New Jersey got one back midway through the third period after Martin tried to dump the puck into the Isles' zone from center ice. The puck took a crazy bounce along the right half wall and went in after DiPietro went behind the net to stop the puck.
Since the Olympic break ended, DiPietro hasn't allowed more than two goals in a game. He also has allowed one goal in each of his last four wins. DiPietro has won his last seven starts...The Isles have won four straight and nine of the last 12 meetings with the Devils...Brodeur was pulled late in the second period on Saturday after allowing six goals on 16 shots in a 6-3 loss in Pittsburgh...Brodeur has dropped eight of his last 11 decisions against the Islanders since a 1-0 overtime win on Dec. 10, 2003.
03/14 23:19:50 ET