NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at NY Islanders
(Tuesday, January 24th)
Final Score: New Jersey 4, NY Islanders 0
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Marty Brodeur made 24 saves for his 79th career shutout while Scott Gomez and Jamie Langenbrunner each contributed a goal and an assist, as the red-hot New Jersey Devils continued their great play of late with a 4-0 victory over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Brian Gionta and Viktor Kozlov also scored for New Jersey, which has now captured 10 of its last 11 games overall. Prior to a 3-1 setback to the New York Rangers on Sunday, the Devils had not lost in 2006. The shutout for Brodeur, who sits in seventh place on the all-time list, was his fourth of the season.
"I couldn't ask for anything more, from the power play to the goaltending to the penalty kill," said New Jersey president and general manager Lou Lamoriello.
Rick DiPietro allowed four goals on 17 shots for the Islanders, who lost in a shootout to these Devils on Saturday. New York has only three victories this month (3-7-1).
Near the midpoint of the opening period, the Devils received a bit of a scare when Brodeur went down with what appeared to be a serious lower body injury. New York's Arron Asham cut to the net sharply from beneath the left circle for a near-side attempt, but was unable to get the shot off. However, as he crossed the crease, Asham clipped Brodeur and the netminder went down immediately. However, after a few minutes of recovery, Brodeur remained in the game.
Soon after, the Devils opened the scoring at the 10:41 mark with a power-play tally.
With Jason Blake in the penalty box for tripping, the Devils worked the puck around the perimeter until Elias held control inside the right circle. After a nice maneuver around a pair of New York defenders, Elias softly slid a pass out for Langenbrunner for a one-timer from above the opposite circle. The save was made, but the rebound was punched home by Gomez from the top of the crease.
The game was essentially put away when New Jersey scored three times before 10 minutes had elapsed in the second period.
It took only 19 seconds of the middle session for New Jersey to take a two- goal lead on Langenbrunner's 10th goal of the season, which was aided by a nice effort from John Madden.
Over four minutes later, the lead was stretched to 3-0 when the Devils power play struck again. Elias stood along the right half-wall and passed through the low slot for Gionta at the left post. The disc deflected off of sticks and skates on its way, but eventually Gionta's continued efforts led to his 29th goal at the 4:34 mark.
Kozlov's 11th goal then made it 4-0 with 10:04 remaining in the second. He appeared to be headed behind the net with the puck, but stopped and made a nice move inside the lower left circle. Using several Islanders as a screen, Kozlov surprised DiPietro with a quick wrister to the low far side that both lit the lamp and ended DiPietro's night.
As per usual, with a sizeable lead, Brodeur simply shut the door and the Islanders had no chance from that point despite the fact that 30 minutes of game time remained.
Wade Dubielewicz stopped all 11 shots the rest of the way for New York, which failed on all four of its power-play chances.
"It might be time to see what he does," said Islanders coach Brad Shaw on the possibility of Dubielewicz starting New York's next game. "He made some great saves in the third period. He works extremely hard in practice and he deserves a shot."
New Jersey, which improved to 11-12-2 on the road this season, moved within six points of the Rangers for second place in the Atlantic Division...The season series between these clubs sits at 2-2...The Devils went 2-for-4 on the power play...Elias finished with two assists...Attendance was 12,548.
01/24 23:23:39 ET