ISLES 2, DEVILS 1

Josh Bailey and Blake Comeau goals lead the Islanders to their first preseason win.

Saturday, 10.2.2010 / 11:28 PM ET / News
By Katrina Doell
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ISLES 2, DEVILS 1

Some people celebrate their 21st birthdays with big parties, some with goals in NHL games. Josh Bailey turned 21 tonight and the only shot he took beat New Jersey Devils goalie Johan Hedberg to set the bar in the Islanders 2-1 win at Nassau Coliseum. 

With 5:47 elapsed in the first period, Doug Weight, from the left side, spun around and found Bailey coming up the middle just above the crease. It could not have been planned any better.

“I think that goal is a perfect example of how he (Weight) plays” said Bailey. “I tried to float it into the right area, and it’s like he had eyes in the back of his head.” 

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The game winning goal was also something to behold. Blake Comeau met up with a cross-ice pass from John Tavares and beat Hedberg over the left shoulder and provided the final margin at 17:25 in the second period. 

“Tonight we played the right way,” Gordon said.

Gordon is also pleased with the way the captain has played this preseason and through camp.
 
“Now he’s playing with full confidence, more than I’ve seen him play with in the past few years,” Gordon said. “It’s very encouraging, I know it’s one thing to be a good leader in the room, but he wants to be successful on the ice. Not just be a leader by example in the room and practice, but also perform on the ice. That’s probably the closest to seeing Dougy at his best in these two exhibition games.”

Also encouraging is how Rick DiPietro played, stopping 26 shots. He also faked out Ilya Kovalchuk on penalty shot in the first period. DiPietro came to the top of the crease and forced Kovalchuk to hit the left post. The goalie was more humble in describing the play.

“He made a good move and got a lucky post,” DiPietro said. “I would take the penalty shot over the power play against teams like that.  Fortunately for me, he hit the post and we were able to keep our momentum.” 

Zach Parise scored the lone Devils goal, tying it at one at 13:06 in the first period. Tallinder and Kovalchuk assisted.

The Devils outshot the Islanders 26-23.

The Islanders are 1-4. The Devils are 2-1-3.

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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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