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Devils squeak by Isles

Montoya makes 22 saves, Grabner fails on penalty shot

Friday, 11.25.2011 / 6:35 PM / 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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

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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