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Islanders PK tested in 1-0 loss

Islanders went six-for-seven on penalty kills in preseason loss to Devils, goaltender Rick DiPietro made 20 saves

Friday, 09.30.2011 / 10:26 PM / News
By Dyan LeBourdais
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Islanders PK tested in 1-0 loss
In his first full 60-minute effort since last season, Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro saved 20-of-21 shots in the team’s fourth – and second to last - exhibition game of the 2011 preseason on Friday night.  David Clarkson’s power play goal at 11:28 in the first was all the New Jersey Devils needed in their 1-0 win at the Prudential Center in Newark.

“He made some key saves at some key moments in the game,” said Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano. “He made some timely saves… (He let up) a power play goal from the slot, but he made some good saves for us, especially on their power play tonight.

Rick DiPietrobraces for the shot from David Steckel #15 of the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on September 30, 2011. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Sharing time with six goaltenders in five preseason games, Capuano said unequivocally that he has confidence in DiPietro, who will not return to game action until the regular season begins as Evgeni Nabokov and Al Montoya share the net in the final exhibition game of the preseason.

“I think he’s played extremely well,” Capuano said of DiPietro. “The Boston game, he moved well. Tonight, he moved well. I thought he played a solid 60 minutes. His goalie touches were good. He was communicating with our D real well. I was extremely encouraged by his game tonight.”

DiPietro was also happy with how he felt through an entire game, but was disappointed with the loss.

The penalty kill came up huge for the Islanders. Even though the Devils scored a power play goal 11:28 into the first period, the Islanders took 11 penalties and efficiently killed 6-of-7.

“They had six power play shots in the first, out of their eight shots,” Capuano said. “So we had to change something. We changed a few things and I thought we had more jump in the second and third.”

Veteran defenseman Steve Staios, who signed a one-year contract earlier in the day, spent 5:01 on the kill. He said the team was prepared to play the Devils, who worked a triangle formation – something new this season.

Steve Staios takes the shot against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on September 30, 2011. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
“They threw a different look at us,” Staios said. “We knew it was coming. We gave up one power play goal and that was the winner, so you’re never happy about that, but there’s time for us to work on it and time for us to look at it. I thought we did a lot of good things, but you never like giving up a power play goal like that.”

However, with just 16 shots on net through three periods, Capuano said he would have like to see more players taking chances and shooting the puck when they have the opportunity.

“We passed up way too many chances to get the puck on the goaltender,” Capuano said. “We had shots that we could have taken that we passed up.”

Niederreiter Injures Groin
Rookie power forward Nino Niederreiter, who is make a serious case to make the Islanders roster this season, only played 4:32 before he made a check and tweaked his groin.

“We’ll take it day-by-day with him,” Capuano said. “He’s made a huge impact over the last week and a half, so we’ll know more once we talk to the doctors and see what’s up. He played extremely well for our coaching staff.”

Niederreiter tried to return in the second period, but knew something was wrong and left the ice.

“It felt like I had no strength on it,” Niederreiter said. “That’s why I felt like I should go off and see what it was. We don’t know exactly what it is so we’ll see tomorrow.”

The Swiss winger is still hoping to play tomorrow in the team’s final exhibition of the 2011 preseason, however he’ll have to wait and see until he’s been reevaluated by team doctors tomorrow.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
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13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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