NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at NY Islanders
(Saturday, October 20th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 4, New Jersey 3 (OT)
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Islanders captain Bill Guerin scored with 3.7 seconds left in overtime to lift New York to a thrilling 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils.
With time running out in the extra session, Devils defenseman Andy Greene was whistled for tripping and the Islanders quickly went to work. New Jersey netminder Kevin Weekes made the initial save on Mike Comrie's shot, but Guerin was there to finish off the rebound as time expired.
"You have to be opportunistic, but opportunities are created by making the right plays, moving the puck at the right time, taking shots at the right time," said Guerin. "There are not a ton of pretty plays in the league anymore."
It was the fourth goal in the last two games for Guerin, who recorded a hat- trick in Thursday's 5-2 win over Washington.
Comrie and Miroslav Satan each had a goal and an assist while Radek Martinek contributed two helpers for the Islanders, who put the brakes on a two-game skid. New York goaltender Rick DiPietro finished with 25 saves.
Jay Pandolfo and Brian Gionta each scored for the Devils in the third period to send the game into overtime. Weekes, getting the rare start in place of the struggling Martin Brodeur, ended with 32 saves.
"It's another game where we didn't play 60 minutes," said Devils head coach Brent Sutter. "We played 40 or 45 minutes and controlled the game in that span, but 20 minutes you get sloppy and lazy and don't compete and don't work and you allow teams to score two or three goals, you dig yourselves a hole."
New Jersey struck first as Zach Parise scored just 55 seconds into the game before the Islanders countered with three second-period goals.
New York tied the game 3:31 into the second period as Satan, from the slot, fed the puck down low for Vasicek, who slipped the puck past Weekes.
Satan put the Islanders up 2-1 at the 5:35 mark off a pretty no-look pass from Sean Bergenheim. Satan skated around a Devils defender and then went from backhand to forehand to beat Weekes.
Comrie's power-play goal with 7:57 left before the second intermission made it 3-1 New York before New Jersey responded in the third period.
Just over two minutes into the third, Pandolfo got the Devils going when he beat DiPietro topshelf.
Then, with 7:49 left in the game, Gionta atoned for a double minor penalty earlier in the period when he redirected Paul Martin's shot from the point past DiPietro.
Karel Rachunek had a chance to win it for New Jersey in the overtime period, but his shot rang off the crossbar. The Devils lost their second straight after winning two in a row.
"They came out hard in the third period, capitalized on a couple of weird bounces and had that power play going into overtime," said DiPietro. "I think our PK did a great job again tonight of bailing us out and then (Guerin) comes through in a big way in the last seconds."
DiPietro had been 0-4-1 in his previous five starts against the Devils...New Jersey concludes its season-opening nine-game road trip Thursday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The Devils, who are 3-5-0 this season, will then open their brand-new stadium, the Prudential Center, on October 27 against Ottawa.
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