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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Jason Lockhart - Website/Publications Coordinator

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New Jersey Devils 2, New York Islanders 1

Parise spoils MacDonald's strong performance

Playing in only his second NHL game of the season, Joey MacDonald withstood a slew of shots – 47 – and turned away 45, but the New Jersey captured a 2-1 victory in overtime, Tuesday night at the Nassau Coliseum.

"I thought MacDonald played a very solid game," said head coach Ted Nolan. "With all of the inexperience, we give our goaltenders good work. Dubielewicz gave us a good performance the other day and MacDonald played equally well tonight."

MacDonald allowed only one goal in regulation – a slapshot by Patrik Elias in the second period, while on the power play. It was one of 21 shots by the Devils in the second period. Zach Parise scored the game-winner 29 seconds into overtime when he deflected Johnny Oduya's point shot past MacDonald to move New Jersey two points ahead of the Rangers for fourth place in the Atlantic Division.

"Everybody has something to prove," said MacDonald. "It makes it easier when a lot of the guys have played together down in Bridgeport. It's also easier when you see that around the room."

Josef Vasicek scored the lone goal for the Islanders, who have picked up points in the past two games.

The Islanders showed jump in the first period, keeping the shots close and New Jersey off the scoreboard.

As time was winding down in the first period, Bill Guerin never quit on the play, leading to a 1-0 Islanders advantage. Andy Greene was inches away from corralling the puck in his own end, but Guerin dove forward to chip it by him and lead Vasicek on a breakaway. Vasicek scored with a deke to the backhand with under 52 seconds to play in the first period.

"We tried to keep it as basic as we can and it worked in the first period," said Nolan. "That's a very talented team on the other side and eventually they got the better of us."

New Jersey tied the score at two on the power play at 5:42 of the second period. Elias ripped a slapshot over the glove of MacDonald for his 20th goal of the season.

Martin Brodeur earned the win making 21 saves.

The Islanders play the Rangers in their final two games of the season, hosting them on Thursday and then traveling to Madison Square Garden on Friday.

"This is a great test for a lot of these young kids," said Nolan. "We'll see how they can react. It's good to play one good game, but let's see if they can play two or three good ones in a row."


Five Stars of the Game:
1. Joey MacDonald:
After helping the Sound Tigers stay in the AHL playoff race, kept the Islanders in the game; stopped at least 12 shots in each period
2. Zach Parise: Scored his sixth poin
3. Johnny Oduya: Two primary assists
4. Josef Vasicek: Kept up his excellent play against NJ
5. Martin Brodeur: Did what he had to do to pick up the two points

Stat of the Game: Shots were 21-5 in favor of the Devils in the second period

Slapshots: Josef Vasicek has five goals in eight games against the Devils…The Islanders were 6-1-1 against the Devils this season…Joey MacDonald set an NHL career high with 45 saves…Tonight's attendance was 12,357...Matt Keith and Kip Brennan made their Islanders debuts.

Game Operations: Tonight's 50/50 raffle charity was the Knights of Pythius Diabetes Research AssociationTrent Hunter was awarded the Sharp Islanders Player of the Month Award prior to the game. A $500 donation will be made to the Islanders Children's Foundation in his name…

The NYI Mobile Question tonight was "Who was the Islanders' MVP for 2007-08. A random participant will win an autograph from the player with the most votes...The Great Neck Bruins were the Mites on Ice during the first intermission…

The Long Island women's hockey team playing at the Empire State Games was recognized for their Gold Medal victory

Kickbutt Fan of the Game: Matt from West Babylon came to the Coliseum to see Isles rising star Kyle Okposo, donning his jersey. Okposo has become one of Matt's favorite Islanders recently. "He has been playing real well and I hope he can keep it up," said Matt.

Check out the Islanders TV Game Day tab for complete coverage tonight’s game.

35 Joey MacDonald
34 Wade Dubielewicz

6   Matthew Spiller - 24 Radek Martinek
44 Freddy Meyer - 3   Rob Davison
4   Bryan Berard – 49 Drew Fata

20 Sean Bergenheim – 63 Josef Vasicek - 13 Bill Guerin
81 Miroslav Satan - 51 Frans Nielsen - 7 Trent Hunter
57 Blake Comeau – 10 Richard Park – 21 Kyle Okposo
37 Kip Brennan – 72 Jeremy Colliton – 27 Matt Keith

New Jersey
30 Martin Brodeur
1   Kevin Weekes

27 Mike Mottau - 5   Colin White
7   Paul Martin - 29 Johnny Oduya   
8 Sheldon Brookbank – 6 Andy Greene

26 Patrik Elias - 15 Jamie Langenbrunner - 9 Zach Parise
18 Sergei Brylin - 19 Travis Zajac - 22 Arron Asham  
20 Jay Pandolfo - 11 John Madden - 14 Brian Gionta
17 Mike Rupp  -  16 Dainius Zubrus - 23 David Clarkson

Additional Reporting by Adam Scharff and Chris Musto
scoring summary
1st Period
Josef Vasicek (16) ASST: Bill Guerin (21), Sean Bergenheim (12)
1 - 0 NYI
2nd Period
PPG - Patrik Elias (20) ASST: Johnny Oduya (19), Paul Martin (26)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
OT Period
Zach Parise (32) ASST: Johnny Oduya (20), Patrik Elias (35)
2 - 1 NJD
penalty summary
1st Period
John Madden  Hooking against  Sean Bergenheim
Rob Davison  Tripping against  Mike Rupp
Blake Comeau  Tripping against  Paul Martin
2nd Period
Kyle Okposo  Hooking against  David Clarkson
Arron Asham  Too many men/ice - bench
3rd Period
OT Period
goalie stats
Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
SA: 22TOI: 60:29
Saves: 21EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .955SH: 0 - 0
Joey MacDonald
Joey MacDonald
SA: 47TOI: 60:29
Saves: 45EV: 35 - 36
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .957SH: 3 - 3 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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