Islanders 5, Devils 3

Travis Betts | Thursday, 09.19.2013 / 10:45 PM

Josh Bailey’s two short-handed goals got the New York Islanders off to a hot start, and they road the momentum to a 5-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils in preseason action, Thursday at Prudential Center.

Kevin Poulin played all 60 minutes, making 20 saves for the Islanders first win of the preseason. Martin Brodeur started for New Jersey, playing the first 40 minutes before Scott Wedgewood took over in the third.

Following the game, Islanders head coach Jack Capuano gave his team’s penalty killers the highest marks after they held the Devils to a 1-for-10 effort on the man advantage. The teams engaged in five fights, combining for 112 penalty minutes, including 76 in the third period.

“No team is going to take liberties on us and I thought our guys played really hard for one another,” Capuano said. “It's part of the game with the fisticuffs, but it's a good feeling in that room in between periods. We made some mistakes, but for the most part we did what we had to do.”

Anders Lee put the Islanders on the board with his first tally of the preseason. During a man advantage, Ryan Strome took the offensive zone and began a slick passing play with Brock Nelson and Lee, who went top shelf from the left circle at 3:31.

The Islanders solidified their special teams edge on the penalty kill three minutes later, when Kyle Okposo and Bailey broke out on a 2-on-1. Okposo’s pass went through a defenseman to his line mate, who beat Brodeur.

“It's nice to contribute on the score sheet and get some confidence,” Bailey said. “I benefited from a heck of a pass by Kyle.”

With the Islanders up 2-1 later in the frame, Bailey led a solo attack on the penalty kill, beating Brodeur with a strong second effort. With time winding down in the period, Eric Boulton sprung out of the penalty box and took a pass from Lee before breaking in and finding the back of the net, giving the Islanders a 4-1 advantage before the intermission.

The Devils climbed back to within a single goal early in the second period on shots through traffic by Marek Zidlicky and Jon Merrill. During a New Jersey power play late in the stanza, Poulin made a sprawling save to his left on Zidlicky, and early in the third, he stymied Travis Zajac on a breakaway to keep the Islanders in the driver’s seat.

"I was pretty comfortable by the third period,” Poulin said. “I was a little bit more relaxed. I was more in control. I was seeing the puck a little bit more."

Peter Regin added an unassisted breakaway goal in the third to extend the Islanders lead to 5-3.

The Islanders will rematch the Devils on Saturday at Barclays Center when the two teams meet for the first ever NHL game in Brooklyn.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
03:31NYI PPG - Anders Lee (1) Snap shot - ASST: Brock Nelson (1), Ryan Strome (1) 1 - 0 NYI
06:55NYI SHG - Josh Bailey (1) Snap shot - ASST: Kyle Okposo (1) 2 - 0 NYI
08:05NJD PPG - Rostislav Olesz (1) Tip-in - ASST: Jon Merrill (1), Eric Gelinas (1) 2 - 1 NYI
18:05NYI SHG - Josh Bailey (2) Deflected shot - ASST: Kyle Okposo (2) 3 - 1 NYI
19:34NYI Eric Boulton (1) Snap shot - ASST: Anders Lee (1) 4 - 1 NYI
2nd Period
02:37NJD Marek Zidlicky (1) Slapshot - ASST: Bryce Salvador (1), Travis Zajac (1) 4 - 2 NYI
03:50NJD Jon Merrill (1) Snap shot - ASST: Eric Gelinas (2), Michael Ryder (1) 4 - 3 NYI
3rd Period
03:45NYI Peter Regin (1) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE 5 - 3 NYI
Three Stars of the Game
Josh Bailey
Josh Bailey
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:00
Eric Gelinas
Eric Gelinas
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 24:54
Jon Merrill
Jon Merrill
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -2TOI: 18:30
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:07NJD Krys Barch  Tripping  - 2 min against  Peter Regin
06:10NYI Joe Diamond  Tripping  - 2 min against  Ryan Carter
08:07NJD Krys Barch  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Brett Gallant
08:07NYI Brett Gallant  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Krys Barch
11:31NYI Eric Boulton  Interference  - 2 min against  Marek Zidlicky
14:14NYI Greg Miller  Hooking  - 2 min against  Bryce Salvador
17:06NJD Krys Barch  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Brett Gallant
17:06NYI Brett Gallant  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Krys Barch
17:28NYI Eric Boulton  Tripping  - 2 min against  Martin Brodeur
2nd Period
04:58NJD Dainius Zubrus  Holding  - 2 min against  Andrey Pedan
09:59NYI Brock Nelson  Holding  - 2 min against  Andrei Loktionov
18:20NYI Ryan Pulock  Slashing  - 2 min against  Travis Zajac
3rd Period
02:28NYI Mike Dalhuisen  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Ryan Carter
02:28NJD Ryan Carter  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Mike Dalhuisen
09:43NJD Stephen Gionta  Tripping  - 2 min against  Radek Martinek
12:41NYI Brett Gallant  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Krys Barch
12:41NJD Krys Barch  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Brett Gallant
12:41NYI Eric Boulton  Tripping  - 2 min against  Reid Boucher
12:41NYI Brett Gallant  Game misconduct  - 10 min
12:41NJD Krys Barch  Game misconduct  - 10 min
14:53NYI Eric Boulton served by Greg Miller  Boarding  - 2 min against  Andy Greene
14:53NYI Eric Boulton served by Greg Miller  Unsportsmanlike conduct  - 2 min
14:53NYI Eric Boulton  Misconduct (10 min)  - 10 min
19:25NYI Joe Diamond  Spearing - double minor  - 4 min against  Stephen Gionta
19:25NYI Joe Diamond  Roughing  - 2 min against  Stephen Gionta
19:25NJD Stephen Gionta  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Joe Diamond
19:25NYI Joe Diamond  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Stephen Gionta
19:25NJD Stephen Gionta  Roughing  - 2 min against  Joe Diamond
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/31/10
Faceoff Wins2827
Blocked Shots76
Penalty Minutes6943
4R. MartinekD0022024:01
6R. PulockD00-11218:23
8G. ReinhartD0010022:15
10A. QuineC00-11014:06
12J. BaileyR2013020:00
16P. ReginC1022014:23
18R. StromeR0101011:42
21K. OkposoR0211019:27
27A. LeeL1111014:23
29B. NelsonL0100216:07
33A. PedanD0020021:13
36E. BoultonL1001207:09
42S. MayfieldD0010019:41
48M. DalhuisenD00-10511:33
51F. NielsenC00-14018:03
54G. MillerC0010210:36
59B. GallantL0010256:20
64J. DiamondL00-101312:26
20E. Nabokov00.0000:00
60K. Poulin2023.87059:42
2M. ZidlickyD10-14019:52
6A. GreeneD0002022:27
8D. ZubrusC0000220:20
11S. GiontaC0002913:05
12D. BrunnerR00-21020:49
16J. JosefsonC00-10012:32
17M. RyderR0103020:55
19T. ZajacC01-12021:12
20R. CarterL0000510:37
21A. LoktionovC0002021:03
22K. BarchR0000275:05
24B. SalvadorD0100016:23
25R. OleszL10-31016:17
29R. CloweL000002:01
32E. GelinasD0202024:54
34J. MerrillD11-22018:30
36D. SeversonD00-11017:54
59R. BoucherL0011012:30
30M. Brodeur913.69240:00
50S. Wedgewood34.75018:10