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NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at New Jersey



(Thursday, November 2nd)

Final Score: NY Islanders 5, New Jersey 2

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Jason Blake tallied a goal and two assists as the New York Islanders beat the New Jersey Devils, 5-2, at Continental Airlines Arena.

Trent Hunter, Miroslav Satan, Alexei Zhitnik and Viktor Kozlov each netted a goal for the Islanders, who have won three straight games. Rick DiPietro made 14 saves for New York, which has won five straight and seven of the last nine meetings.

"They scored a big goal at the end of the second period that maybe could deflate some teams," Islanders coach Ted Nolan said. "I think all those practices of overtimes said we have to finish strong."

Travis Zajac and Zach Parise scored while Martin Brodeur stopped 22-of-27 shots for the Devils, who had a two-game winning streak snapped.

The Islanders got on the board first with a goal at the eight-minute mark of the first period. Brian Rafalski tried to fire the puck out of the New Jersey zone, but the disc went off Jim Dowd's stick. Mike York grabbed the loose puck and fed a pass to Hunter, who stopped on a dime and wristed the puck past Brodeur from between the circles.

New Jersey evened the score with 4 1/2 minutes to play in the opening frame. Jamie Langenbrunner backhanded a shot that went off of Brendan Witt's skate right to Zajac. The forward netted a wrister top shelf for his third goal of the season.

"For one reason we weren't jumping into the holes and creating the opportunities," Langenbrunner said. "We didn't put the puck into places to get the quality shots."

However, New York came right back 32 seconds later and regained the lead, as Satan grabbed a rebound behind the goal line and flicked it past the sprawled Brodeur for a 2-1 lead with just under four minutes to play.

The Isles extended their lead to 3-1 at the 10:10 mark of the second period, as Zhitnik tallied a goal on a slap shot from just over the blue line.

The Devils had a perfect chance to cut their deficit with almost a full two minutes of a 5-on-3 advantage. They hit the post with a shot and New Jersey played sloppy hockey as attackers had to continuously chase down passes.

New York pushed the margin to 4-1 with under five minutes to play in the middle stanza when Alexei Yashin passed the puck from the right circle to the left circle, where Kozlov beat Brodeur with a one-timer.

New Jersey narrowed the gap to 4-2 with 1:14 on the clock in the second. Zajac dished the disc to Langenbrunner, who faked the shot before giving the puck to Parise just outside the goal. He then poked it into the net past DiPietro's skate.

Yashin's pass, which went through the legs of Alexander Brooks, came right to Blake who found the open net at the 4:46 mark of the third for a power-play goal and a 5-2 lead.

Game Notes

Dowd played his first game with the Devils since December 19, 1995...Kozlov is two points shy of 400...Satan is four goals shy of 300 and six points shy of 600 for his career...New Jersey forward Scott Gomez returned after missing the last game with a groin injury...The Devils are 0-for-4 with a two-man advantage this season...Yashin finished the game with a trio of assists...The Isles outshot the Devils 27-16...New York went 1-for-5 on the power play while New Jersey was 0-for-6 with the man-advantage.

11/02 23:03:47 ET


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