NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at New Jersey
(Thursday, January 4th)
Final Score: New Jersey 4, NY Islanders 3
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Zach Parise scored twice and Marty Brodeur made 40 saves, as the New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Islanders, 4-3, in an Atlantic Division contest at Continental Airlines Arena.
Patrik Elias continued his strong play of late with a goal and Sergei Brylin also scored for New Jersey, which has won four of its last five games (4-0-1). The Devils will now travel north to Canada for a pair of weekend matinee tilts against Ottawa and Montreal. In the month of December, Elias tallied 10 goals and 11 assists in 14 games. The Devils lead the division by four points over the New York Rangers.
Rick DiPietro allowed four goals on 26 shots for the Islanders, who have lost five straight games. Trent Hunter and Andy Hilbert both notched a goal in the losing effort. New York will continue its current four-game road trip in Carolina on Saturday. Mike Sillinger added a late power-play goal for the Isles.
"The effort is certainly there, we're just not getting any breaks," said New York head coach Ted Nolan.
Following Parise's goal 1:57 after the opening faceoff, the Devils secured a two-goal lead just 15 seconds later. As the Islanders attempted to break out of their defensive zone, Jay Pandolfo stole the puck inside the left circle and the disc skidded toward the goal line. Pandolfo hustled to gain control and sent a pass into the low slot, where Brylin easily lit the lamp for his ninth goal.
"We started the game the way we wanted to," Parise said. "We knew they were a desperate team the way they've lost a few in a row and that's why we wanted to get on the board early."
The Islanders, though, wasted little time and cut their deficit in half exactly one minute after Parise's tally. Hilbert held control in the right corner and passed back to the point for a one-timer by Sean Hill. Stationed near the top of the crease, Hunter alertly redirected the puck underneath Brodeur for his sixth goal of 2005-06.
Fancy footwork by Parise led to his second goal of the game with 7:02 remaining in the first period and allowed the Devils to regain their two-goal advantage. Jamie Langenbrunner streaked down the right-wing side and, from along the half-wall, sent the puck into the slot for Parise. The pass was behind him, but Parise turned around, gained control of the puck with his back facing the net, spun around again and lifted his 16th goal past DiPietro.
"The pass was just a little behind me so I figured (DiPietro) was probably expecting a quick shot," Parise said. "I just wanted to hold on to it for a second longer and he happened to go down and I flipped it over him."
At the 4:10 mark of the second stanza, Elias' sharp-angle shot beat DiPietro. The New Jersey sniper curled with the puck inside the right circle and released a wrist shot that deflected off a skate and caromed directly back to him. From beneath the circle, Elias then wound up and scored with a bouncing slapper for his 16th marker.
Midway through the second, the Isles made it 4-2. Sillinger crossed the blue line on a 2-on-2 rush. From the right side, he sent a pass into the slot, where Hilbert beat Brodeur with a backhander at 11:09.
Brodeur was exceptional in the final frame. He made a great save on Jason Blake with 12:20 remaining and stopped 17 shots in the period overall. In the final minute, the Islanders gained a power play and pulled DiPietro for the two-man advantage. Sillinger punched home his 12th goal with 20 seconds remaining, but the Devils held on for the win.
During the second period, a slate of glass near the penalty box shattered and caused a 15-minute delay while it was replaced...The Isles fell to 8-10-1 on the road this season...New Jersey improved to 14-3-3 on home ice in 2005-06...The Devils were held scoreless on four power-play chances while New York finished 1-for-3 with the extra skater...Attendance was 12,529.
01/04 23:04:40 ET