Devils squeak by Isles

Montoya makes 22 saves, Grabner fails on penalty shot

Friday, 11.25.2011 / 6:35 PM ET / News
By Dyan LeBourdais
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Devils squeak by Isles
Friday afternoon’s matinee would prove to be a bit deflating as the Islanders came away with their sixth shutout loss of the season, falling 1-0 to the New Jersey Devils at Nassau Coliseum in the first half of a home-and-home.

The Devils took three penalties within the first 10:11, giving the Islanders plenty of opportunity to get on the board first and score a goal on the power play. However, creating chances offensively and spending time in the offensive zone didn’t seem to matter as the Devils kept the puck to the outside and limited the Islanders to just five shots on goal in the first period.

“We had opportunities on the first three power plays right off the bat and we didn’t get many shots to the net,” Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano said. “They probably had more shots on their PK than we had on our power play. We have to get pucks to the net if you want to score goals.”

Michael Grabner lunges for the puck in front of Adam Larsson at Nassau Coliseum on November 25, 2011. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
Petr Sykora scored the lone goal of the game on the power play at 14:13 of the second period following up on a shot from Adam Larsson through the high slot.

“You can say what you want about their goal, broken stick, unlucky bounce for us, but it started with a shot and (Petr) Sykora was in the right place and roofed it,” Capuano said.

The Islanders had multiple opportunities to tie the score, including a shorthanded penalty shot for Michael Grabner. He went right and lifted the puck with his backhand, but Johan Hedberg came out from the crease and took away the shot with his positioning.

“The one disappointing thing for me tonight is that we had an opportunity to get pucks and bodies to the net on the odd man rushes and were just a little too cute,” Capuano said. “We played a good team, a good defensive team and we had our chance on the power plays and we had a penalty shot; we didn’t capitalize.”

Al Montoya made 22 saves in the effort, his first game back after returning from the injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

“There are a lot of good things we did, and I think over a period of time, we were the better team, we just couldn’t score,” Islanders Captain Mark Streit said. “We have to keep our heads up and play tomorrow as hard as we did today.”

As the Islanders prepare to head to Newark to complete the second half of their home-and-home with the Devils Saturday afternoon at the Prudential Center, Streit said the Isles need to try harder.

“(We have to) put pucks to the net, get bodies there, get deflections and get a goal off a skate or off a shin pad or whatever it takes, but we need a lot of shots and traffic off the goalie because tomorrow they’re going to play Marty (Brodeur) and we know who he is and how he plays,” Streit said. “So it’s going to be a big thing that we execute.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
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 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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