STRONG FIRST SPURS ISLANDERS TO "W"

Tuesday, 11.8.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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STRONG FIRST SPURS ISLANDERS TO \"W\"
Islanders 4, New Jersey 1

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By Kerry Gwydir

First-period goals by Mattias Weinhandl and Shawn Bates, along with a powerplay tally by Oleg Kvasha in the second and a Jason Blake goal in the third, helped the Isles defeat the Devils, 4-1, on Tuesday night at the Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey. Rick DiPietro was strong between the pipes, stopping 25 shots for the victory.

Both the Islanders and Devils had been battling through tough stretches of late. Steve Stirling's team, coming off 5-1 and 6-0 losses the past two contests to Pittsburgh and Ottawa, respectively, needed to make a statement to start this game.

And they did just that by coming out with the first two tallies of the night in the opening stanza while pressuring the New Jersey defense for much of the first 20 minutes. The offensive pressure was so noticeable that at one point in the first the hometown fans were booing their own squad while they were penned in their own zone late in the period.

The Isles got on the board first at the 2:57 mark when Weinhandl notched his first of the year. The winger deflected a long wrister off the stick of Brad Lukowich between the pads of Scott Clemmensen. As that happened, Eric Godard and Darren Langdon squared off in a battle of heavyweights while the puck was entering the net. Both were assessed fighting majors while the goal stood. Ironically, the goal was credited originally to Godard, but was later changed. Arron Asham garnered the second helper on the sequence.

Bates increased the lead with 8:25 left in the same stanza with a sharp-angled goal that Clemmensen most likely would want back. The speedy forward snapped a wrister from the right corner along the goal line that somehow was misplayed by the Devil's keeper into the net. Chris Campoli had started the play in the Islander end of the ice with Robert Nilsson being credited with the second assist.

After failing to take a penalty in the first, both Asham and Campoli were sent to the box past the midway point of the period - sending the hosts on a 5-on-3 powerplay for 39 seconds. The Devils immediately answered when Vladimir Malakhov ripped a one-timer from the right point inside the left post past DiPietro's glove.

An offensive-zone hooking penalty to Viktor Kozlov helped the Isles convert with the extra man with 2:21 to go in the second. Kvasha notched his second of the season after Brent Sopel whistled a slapper from the right point off a feed from Miroslav Satan, who was curling from behind the Devil's net. Kvasha, situated in front of Clemmensen, redirected the puck on the doorstep as Alexei Yashin assisted on the play, as well.

With 25 seconds left in the period and the Isles killing yet another powerplay, this time with Mike York in the box, Stirling's team nearly added another score. Blake, who had raced past Brian Rafalski at the Isle's blueline to generate a breakaway, beat Clemmensen with a deke, but hit the left pipe with the goaltender down and out.

Blake, however, redeemed himself with 1:02 left in the game when he converted a 2-on-1 pass from Bates to seal the two points for the blue and orange.

 

 

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LINEUPS:

ISLANDERS
FORWARDS

(79) Alexei Yashin-(12) Oleg Kvasha-(81) Miroslav Satan
(21) Robert Nilsson-(16) Mike York-(37) Mark Parrish
(55) Jason Blake-(17) Shawn Bates-(7) Trent Hunter
(49) Eric Godard-(45) Arron Asham-(11) Mattias Weinhandl

DEFENSE
(77) Alexei Zhitnik-(24) Radek Martinek
(25) Brad Lukowich-(44) Janne Niinimaa
(14) Chris Campoli-(24) Radek Martinek

GOALTENDERS
(39) Rick DiPietro
(30) Garth Snow

NEW JERSEY
FORWARDS

(22) Viktor Kozlov-(23) Scott Gomez-(29) Grant Marshall
(20) Jay Pandolfo-(11) John Madden-(15) Jamie Langenbrunner
(18) Sergei Brylin -(9) Zach Parise-(14) Brian Gionta
(17) Darren Langdon-(10) Erik Rasmussen-(25) Cam Janssen

DEFENSEMEN
(24) Richard Matvichuk-(2) Vladimir Malakhov
(5) Colin White-(7) Paul Martin
(8) Sean Brown-(28) Brian Rafalski

GOALTENDERS
(40) Scott Clemmensen
(31) Ari Ahonen

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Bailey 3 1 3 2 4
K. Okposo 3 2 1 2 3
J. Tavares 3 1 2 3 3
R. Strome 3 2 0 1 2
B. Nelson 3 2 0 1 2
L. Visnovsky 3 0 2 4 2
C. Clutterbuck 3 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 3 0 1 0 1
N. Leddy 3 0 1 0 1
M. Martin 3 0 1 0 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 2 1 0 .929 2.01

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