NJD
19-19-10
NYI
24-17-7

27 SOG
22 SOG

Devils 3, Islanders 0

Travis Betts | Sunday, 02.03.2013 / 6:54 PM

Evgeni Nabokov kept the Devils off the board for over 56 minutes of scoreless play, but the Islanders allowed three goals in the closing minutes, losing 3-0 to New Jersey Sunday at Nassau Coliseum.

Steve Bernier scored twice in the span of 1:10 and David Clarkson added an empty-net goal to drop the Islanders to 4-3-1 this season. Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves on 26 shots, failing to earn the Islanders a standings point for the first time in his last six starts. At the other end of the ice, Johan Hedberg turned aside all 22 Islanders shots faced for his 22nd career shutout.

“I knew it was going to come down to the last five minutes like it always does,” Head Coach Jack Capuano said afterward. “Last year we had a similar situation. But it was a good hockey game. It’s our job to kill the penalties and we didn’t do that at the end.”

Entering the game, the Islanders ranked atop the NHL at 37.5% on the power play, but went 0-for-7 on the man advantage Sunday.

The Islanders best scoring chance of the first two periods came when Frans Nielsen, Brad Boyes and Michael Grabner entered the Devils zone on a 3-on-2 with four minutes remaining in the first. Boyes slid a pass into the slot for Grabner, who one-timed the puck into a sliding Johan Hedberg from close range.

Grabner was also responsible for the Islanders’ best chance in the third. With the Islanders playing down a man midway through the frame, Grabner intercepted a pass from Ilya Kovalchuk and raced down the ice on a breakaway. Hedberg made a sliding pad save on the forehand attempt, keeping the game scoreless.

Bernier scored at the 16:06 mark of the third on the power play to put the Devils ahead 1-0. Andy Greene took a shot from the point that was stopped in traffic and trickled to the Devils forward, who buried the opportunity.

A minute later, Ryan Carter fed Bernier from behind the goal for his second tally of the game.

Nabokov was pulled inside the final two minutes, and David Clarkson added his fifth goal of the season with 22 seconds remaining.

Following the game, Andrew MacDonald expressed his frustration with the final score.

“Our power play couldn’t get it done today and we had lots of opportunities,” MacDonald said. “They had their power play goal, so they won the special teams battle. For us, we just didn’t establish any type of forecheck. We had spurts of it, but it certainly wasn’t sustained for the whole 60 minutes.”

The Islanders are back in action Tuesday for a 7 p.m. puck drop against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Coliseum. The team’s next seven games will be in the NY/NJ area.

New York Islanders

Forwards

26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo

40 Michael Grabner - 51 Frans Nielsen - 24 Brad Boyes

41 David Ullstrom - 10 Keith Aucoin - 53 Casey Cizikas

36 Eric Boulton - 16 Marty Reasoner - 17 Matt Martin

Defensemen

47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic

2 Mark Streit - 37 Brian Strait

14 Thomas Hickey - 7 Matt Carkner

Goaltenders

20 Evgeni Nabokov

39 Rick DiPietro

New Jersey Devils

Forwards

26 Patrik Elias - 19 Travis Zajac - 23 David Clarkson

8 Dainius Zubrus - 14 Adam Henrique - 17 Ilya Kovalchuk

20 Ryan Carter - 11 Stephen Gionta - 18 Steve Bernier

22 Krys Barch - 16 Jacob Josefson - 9 Bobby Butler

Defensemen

24 Bryce Salvador - 28 Mark Fayne

6 Andy Greene - 5 Adam Larsson

28 Anton Volchenkov - 2 Marek Zidlicky

Goaltenders

1 Johan Hedberg

30 Martin Brodeur

1st2nd3rdT
NJD
NYI
Scoring Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
16:06NJD PPG - Steve Bernier (2) ASST: Adam Henrique (1), Andy Greene (1) 1 - 0 NJD
17:16NJD Steve Bernier (3) ASST: Ryan Carter (3), Stephen Gionta (3) 2 - 0 NJD
19:38NJD EN - David Clarkson (5) ASST: Andy Greene (2) 3 - 0 NJD
Three Stars of the Game
Steve Bernier
1st
Steve Bernier
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 12:15
Johan Hedberg
2nd
Johan Hedberg
SA: 22TOI: 59:58
GA: 0EV: 16-16
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: 1.000SH: 1-1
Evgeni Nabokov
3rd
Evgeni Nabokov
G
SA: 26TOI: 58:16
GA: 2EV: 18-19
PIM: 0PP: 3-4
SV%: .923SH: 3-3
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:59NYI Casey Cizikas  Interference against  David Clarkson
03:29NJD Andy Greene  Tripping against  Michael Grabner
05:55NJD Dainius Zubrus  Hi stick - double minor against  Travis Hamonic
06:38NYI Matt Moulson  Tripping against  Andy Greene
13:01NJD Travis Zajac  Interference against  Matt Moulson
2nd Period
02:46NJD Krys Barch  Instigator against  Matt Carkner
02:46NYI Matt Carkner  Fighting against  Krys Barch
02:46NJD Krys Barch  Fighting against  Matt Carkner
08:18NJD Adam Larsson  Interference against  John Tavares
16:41NJD Anton Volchenkov  Hooking against  Matt Martin
3rd Period
07:32NYI Andrew MacDonald  Holding the stick against  Bobby Butler
09:36NJD Adam Henrique  Roughing against  Travis Hamonic
09:36NYI Travis Hamonic  Roughing against  Adam Henrique
14:17NYI Brian Strait  Charging against  Stephen Gionta
shots by period
PeriodNJDNYI
1st710
2nd77
3rd135
Total2722
Team Stats
CategoryNJDNYI
Power Plays1/30/7
Hits1924
Faceoff Wins2731
Giveaways612
Takeaways96
Blocked Shots2213
Penalty Minutes2115
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  • NY ISLANDERS
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