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NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at NY Islanders



(Saturday, December 29th)

Final Score: NY Islanders 5, New Jersey 2

Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Andy Sutton scored the deciding goal as the Islanders continued their season-long domination over the Devils with a 5-2 victory at Nassau Coliseum.

It was New York's fourth straight victory over New Jersey this season, and the Isles have outscored the Devils 11-6 in that span.

Chris Campoli had a goal and an assist, while Marc-Andre Bergeron, Sean Bergenheim and Mike Comrie also tallied for the Islanders, who have won three of four. Wade Dubielewicz made 27 saves in the victory.

"It's big," said Dubielewicz. "We played a really strong, smart game. We did a lot of good things in our own zone to not allow them to get the forecheck going. We made a lot of five-foot passes to break down the forecheck and I think that was the difference in the game."

Zach Parise and John Madden each scored, and Martin Brodeur turned aside 28 shots for the Devils, who had a three-game winning streak halted.

With his club trailing by a goal, Madden tied it up 3:59 into the third when he won the draw, then fired home the rebound after Sheldon Brookbank's shot deflected off the left pad of Dubielewicz.

New York went back on top at 11:43, however, when Sutton rifled a shot from the high slot that made its way through traffic and beat Brodeur on the short side.

Bergenheim then added an insurance tally with five minutes to play, while Comrie contributed an empty-net goal with 16 seconds left.

"For 30 minutes we were a very average hockey team, then we got woke up and played well for the next 20 minutes," said Devils head coach Brent Sutter. "Then we played like we never learned how to play defensive zone coverage and that's how they scored their last two goals. "

The Isles took the lead with a shorthanded goal by Campoli at 5:03 of the first period. After a turnover by the Devils, Ruslan Fedotenko took a shot on net that was stopped. Richard Park gathered the rebound, then dished to the left circle for Campoli, whose slap shot went up and over the shoulder of Brodeur.

Bergeron then upped it to 2-0 with a power-play goal at 12:02 of the second period. The tally came after Bergeron took a shot that deflected off Devils defenseman Andrew Greene, sliding between Brodeur's pads.

The Devils cut the lead in half when Parise backhanded the puck up and over the glove of Dubielewicz with 25 seconds remaining in the stanza.

Game Notes

Devils forward Patrick Elias missed the game with a groin injury...The Isles are 13-0-0 when leading after two periods...The Islanders scored a power- play goal for the first time in six games, and are just 1-for-19 in that span. New Jersey hasn't scored one in five games, an 0-for-20 stretch...Mike Sillinger had two assists for the Islanders.

12/30 00:27:43 ET


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