NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at NY Islanders
(Saturday, January 13th)
Final Score: New Jersey 2, NY Islanders 1 (OT)
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Scott Gomez's goal 3:40 into overtime lifted the New Jersey Devils over the New York Islanders, 2-1, at the Coliseum.
Martin Brodeur made 28 saves for the Devils, who have won two straight and five of six. John Madden also scored for New Jersey, which escaped with the two points after blowing a one-goal lead as time expired in regulation.
"The fact that we bounced back and won this game in overtime, it could have been a lot worse for us," said Brodeur. "When you look at turning points in a season, and that could have been tough for us, especially when we're playing three good teams we have rivalries against."
Miroslav Satan scored with under a second left in regulation for the Islanders, who had a two-game win streak halted. Rick DiPietro made 28 saves for New York, which salvaged the point thanks to the final-second goal.
After the first 58 minutes went by without a goal, the Devils finally got on the board with just 1:18 left in the third period.
Jay Pandolfo hit Sergei Brylin with the puck in the neutral zone. Brylin brought the puck into the offensive zone along the right side boards. When he got to the top of the right circle he left the puck for Madden, who coasted to the faceoff dot and wristed the puck over the right shoulder of DiPietro and into the top corner.
New Jersey nearly survived the final seconds. With 10 ticks left, Brodeur made a kick save, but Brian Rafalski went off because of a holding penalty, giving the Islanders a 6-on-4 advantage as DiPietro was also replaced for the extra skater.
The ensuing faceoff in the Islanders offensive zone was won by New York. A scrum followed the puck around the ice, until Satan received it in the right slot and beat Brodeur as time expired.
In overtime, New York's Bruno Gervais lost the puck deep in the Devils offensive zone to Patrik Elias. From the right circle, Elias skated to the net and hit Gomez, who forced Gervais' bad pass, on the right door step. Gomez only had to stuff the puck home for the game-winner.
"Those things happen," said Islanders head coach Ted Nolan of Gervais' mistake. "He's a young guy who's going to have some growing pains. There's a lesson to be learned, a big lesson right there, but Bruno has been playing great hockey for us lately."
New Jersey has won the last three games in this series and holds a 3-1 advantage over the Isles this season...New York fell to 11-8-3 at home...New Jersey improved to 12-10-1 on the road.
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