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Islanders 2, Devils 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

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Islanders 2, Devils 1
New York Islanders 2, New Jersey Devils 1

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Rick DiPietro gave the New York Islanders the kind of goaltending they will need for a post-Olympics run at a playoff spot.

Alexei Yashin had a goal and an assist and DiPietro made 26 saves as the Islanders ended a two-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. The win moved the Islanders five points behind the eighth-place Montreal Canadiens, who hosted the Atlanta Thrashers later Saturday.

"I think Rick puts a lot of pressure on himself anyway and I think that's one of the reasons he hasn't been as consistent as he'd like," Islanders interim coach Brad Shaw said. "It's something that he's focused on lately."

Jason Blake also scored for New York, which snapped the Devils' eight-game home winning streak.

"We didn't play the way we've been playing, but give them credit," Devils goalie Martin Brodeur said. "They played well. They didn't take bad penalties."

Sergei Brylin had the lone goal for New Jersey.

Yashin scored the winning goal in the second period when he took a drop pass from Oleg Kavasha entering the Devils' zone and fired a shot from the left circle that went under the crossbar at 10:17.

DiPietro made the 2-1 lead standup with several stellar stops in the third period. He denied Jay Pandolfo in slot and turned away Brian Gionta from just outside the crease.

"He had a couple of good looks," DiPietro said of Gionta. "Fortunately one went wide, which was big for us."

Gionta was the most persistent Devil in the final period, getting four of the Devils seven shots.

"He played great," Gionta said of DiPietro. "We shot some at him but he did give up only one. We had some momentum and we had some good chances."

Blake gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead in the first period, converting on a 5-on-3 power play at 12:40. Yashin sent a pass across the slot that Blake and Devils defenseman Richard Matvichuk both swiped at. The puck glanced off the clashing sticks and slipped past Brodeur.

Brylin tied the score with 20.7 seconds remaining in the period on a shot from the slot.

Notes: Both teams played their finale before the Olympic break. ... Brodeur, a member of Team Canada in the Winter Olympics, made his 20th straight start. ... Blake's goal was his 200th NHL point. ... Devils C Eric Rasmussen missed a second straight game with a shoulder injury. ... Islanders D Alexei Zhitnik remained sidelined for a fifth game with an ankle injury.

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Jason Blake (21) ASST: Alexei Yashin (29), Mike York (32)
1 - 0 NYI
Sergei Brylin (12) ASST: Grant Marshall (14), Colin White (8)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
Alexei Yashin (18) ASST: Oleg Kvasha (12), Chris Campoli (17)
2 - 1 NYI
3rd Period
penalty summary
1st Period
Cam Janssen  Fighting (maj) against  Arron Asham
Arron Asham  Fighting (maj) against  Cam Janssen
Brad Lukowich  Cross checking against  Jason Ryznar
Brian Rafalski  Hooking against  Trent Hunter
Jay Pandolfo  Hooking against  Jason Blake
Brent Sopel  Hooking against  Zach Parise
2nd Period
Chris Campoli  Hi-sticking against  John Madden
3rd Period
Jamie Langenbrunner  Hooking against  Trent Hunter
Colin White  Elbowing against  Mark Parrish
Alexei Yashin  Interference on goalkeeper against  Martin Brodeur
goalie stats
Rick DiPietro
Rick DiPietro
SA: 27TOI: 59:58
Saves: 26EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .963SH: 0 - 0
Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
SA: 32TOI: 58:14
Saves: 30EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .938SH: 1 - 1 is the official Web site of the New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and are trademarks of New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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