POST-GAME REPORT

Sunday, 09.25.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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POST-GAME REPORT
New Jersey 3, Islanders 2 (shootout)

By Kerry Gwydir

The new shootout format was front and center to decide Sunday night's exhibition matchup between the Islanders and New Jersey Devils. And the Devils prevailed, 3-2, in the new format after the teams were tied at two after regulation and overtime.

Rob Collins scored on the Isle's first shootout shot, but Trent Hunter (missed the net) and Mattias Weinhandl (stopped) were the Islander's other shooters while Zach Parise and Alex Mogilny both scored for the hosts in the shootout.

As it's been a constant for the exhibition season, Garth Snow was again very sharp as he stopped 44 shots in regulation and overtime at the Continental Airlines Arena. On the evening, Steve Stirling's club was outshot, 46-32. 

Radek Martinek got the Isles on the board first just 5:37 into the game when he beat Martin Brodeur with a short-side tally from the right faceoff dot. The Islander defender made a nifty move to slip around a New Jersey defender and snap off a shot that found a spot inside the post. Mattias Weinhandl and Wyatt Smith. Brodeur split the game with Scott Clemmensen.

The Devil's fourth line got that back with 9:13 to go in the opener when the Isle's defensive coverage broke down in front of Garth Snow. Pascal Rheaume was left untouched in front of the Islander's net and one-timed Grant Marshall's feed past Snow.

As both teams were held off the board in the second period, the story continued to be the play of Snow, who continued to thwart quality opposition scoring threats. His best stop came in the final 30 seconds off a scramble in front that started with a tip by the Devil's Marshall. With bodies flying around him, Snow then followed that up by blocking off a pair of rebound whacks by Parise at the left post.

However, just a 1:57 into the third period, Parise put the hosts in front as he fought off Dustin Kohn's checking and slipped a backhander under Snow. It appeared the Islander goaltender stopped most of the puck, but not enough as it slipped over the goal line.

Justin Papineau put the Isles back on the board seven minutes later when he slammed home a healthy rebound put out in front by New Jersey's Clemmensen. Weinhandl notched the primary assist, his second on the night. The Islander's winger made the key play of the sequence by looking off New Jersey defenseman Dan McGillis and snapping a wrister on net that Clemmensen couldn't handle. Martinek also posted his second point on the evening with the secondary assist. 

New Jersey continued to pile up the shots and quality scoring opportunities later in the third. Devil's winger Illka Pikkarainen was robbed on a breakaway with five minutes left to go in regulation by Snow when the New Jersey forward attempted to go top shelf.

A penalty to the Devil's Barry Tallackson in the offensive zone with 2:45 remaining in overtime gave the Islander's powerplay a chance to win the game in the extra frame. But the best opportunity came from the Devils when Brian Rafalski broke down the left wing on a 2-on-1, which Snow cradled in his chest protector.

The Islander's next preseason matchup is Tuesday in Philadelphia vs. the Flyers at 7pm.

ISLANDES
FORWARDS

(55) Jason Blake-(16) Mike York-(7) Trent Hunter
(47) Justin Papineau-(28) Wyatt Smith-(11) Mattias Weinhandl
(10) Sean Bergenheim-(27) Jeremy Colliton-(54) Rob Collins
(63) Cole Jarrett-(62) Kevin Colley-(48) Steve Regier

DEFENSE
(77) Alexei Zhitnik-(4) Joel Bouchard
(44) Janne Niinimaa-(43) Ryan Caldwell
(2) Chris Campoli-(6) Bruno Gervais

GOALTENDERS
(30) Garth Snow
(34) Wade Dubielewicz

NEW JERSEY
FORWARDS

(12) Jeff Friesen-(23) Scott Gomez-(89) Alex Mogilny
(62) Barry Tallackson-(51) Zach Parise-(22) Viktor Kozlov
(47) Adrian Foster-(11) John Madden-(58) Ilkka Pikkarainen
(19) Krzysztof Oliwa-(21) Pascal Rheaume-(29) Grant Marshall

DEFENSEMEN
(6) Dan McGillis-(7) Paul Martin
(24) Richard Matvichuk-(28) Brian Rafalski
(25) David Hale-(8) Sean Brown

GOALTENDERS
(30) Martin Brodeur
(40) Scott Clemmenson

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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