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Devils Sneak Past Islanders

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

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Devils Sneak Past Islanders
New York Islanders 2, New Jersey Devils 4

Parise scores tie-breaking power-play goal in third period, as New Jersey skates to 4-2 victory
 
For two periods, the New Jersey Devils played catch up, evening the score at 1-1 and 2-2. In the third period, however, the Devils took the lead and held on for a 4-2 victory over the Islanders on Wednesday night at the Prudential Center.
 
Radek Martinek scored in the first period and Kyle Okposo scored a dazzling power-play goal in the second period, but the Devils kept clawing back. Joey MacDonald withstood an onslaught, stopping 46 of 49 shots, while Kevin Weekes earned his fourth win in a row, making 23 saves.
 
"It's been a hard match for us all year," said Head Coach Scott Gordon, referring to the Devils. "There's a reason they're having the success that they are. We played last night and we weren't very sharp in all areas. Joey made some big saves. We didn't deserve to win the game. New Jersey out-played us."
 
Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner each scored two goals and the Devils capitalized on two of their five power plays. The Islanders, meanwhile, scored one power-play goal on three opportunities.
 
"They're a pretty frustrating team to play against," said Okposo. "They do a pretty good job with their systems. We just couldn't get anything going tonight. We needed to put more pucks on net and get more offensive zone time. Everyone seems to be doing their job and that's what we've been pressed to do by Coach. They out-shot us pretty heavily, but we had some good chances to score too and we didn't capitalize."
 
Martinek opened the scoring at 2:32 of the first period, when Blake Comeau found him in the slot. The defensemen wristed a shot past Weekes for his second goal of the season. Brendan Witt recorded the second assist.

Late in the first, the Islanders successfully killed off 1:38 of 5-on-3 power-play time, but the Devils would ultimately get the equalizer when Parise scored on a rebound with 1:21 to play in the opening period.
 
Okposo scored a highlight reel goal on the power play at 6:15 of the second period to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead. Okposo stopped a clearing attempt and then danced around Bryce Salvador before going hard to the net. His initial shot was stopped, but he collected the rebound and slammed it past Weekes for his 11th goal of the season.
 
"It's starting to get to the point where Kyle isn't surprising us anymore," said Gordon. "He's showing us that he has that element of skill that goes with that power forward type of play. It was a heck of a play."
 
Added Okposo, "I was trying to keep the puck in. A couple of players over-skated it. I caught the defenseman leaning, made the move around him and just got the rebound."

Langenbrunner knotted the game at two with a slap shot from the left circle on the power play with 3:39 to play in the second period.

Sean Bergenheim and Richard Park nearly scored while the Islanders were shorthanded in the third period, but the Devils were the ones who found the back of the net, grabbing their first lead of the game. Parise scored his second of the contest with 7:25 to play in the game off of a rebound, putting New Jersey ahead for the first time.
 
"It was a tough bounce for us and good bounce for them," said Okposo. "If we score that goal it's 3-2 for us. It's a game of bounces."
 
The Islanders pulled MacDonald for an extra attacker, but Langenbrunner scored his second goal of the game on the empty net to put the game away.

Three Stars of the Game:
1. Zach Parise:
2 goals, including the game-winner
2. Paul Martin: 3 assists
3. Kyle Okposo: Played a strong all-around game, goal

Slap Shots: Doug Weight left the game in the second period and did not return after colliding with Brian Gionta. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow...Jeff Tambellini was in the lineup for Trent Hunter, who is day-to-day with a hip flexor...Jon Sim was a healthy scratch.


ISLANDERS
Goaltenders

35 Joey MacDonald
34 Yann Danis

Defensemen

8   Bruno Gervais - 14 Chris Campoli
24 Radek Martinek - 32 Brendan Witt
26 Joe Callahan - 38 Jack Hillen

Forwards
89 Mike Comrie - 93 Doug Weight - 13 Bill Guerin
57 Blake Comeau - 12 Josh Bailey - 21 Kyle Okposo
11 Andy Hilbert - 51 Frans Nielsen – 15 Jeff Tambellini
20 Sean Bergenheim - 10 Richard Park - 28 Tim Jackman

 
NEW JERSEY
Goaltenders

1   Kevin Weekes
35 Scott Clemmensen
 
Defensemn
5   Colin White – 27 Mike Mottau
29 Johnny Oduya – 7 Paul Martin
24 Bryce Salvador – 6 Andy Greene
 
Forwards
26 Patrik Elias – 8 Dainius Zubrus – 14 Brian Gionta
12 Brian Rolton – 11 John Madden – 23 David Clarkson
9   Zach Parise – 19 Travis Zajac – 15 Jamie Langenbrunner
20 Jay Pandolfo – 16 Bobby Holik – 18 Brendan Shanahan

scoring summary
1st Period
02:32
NYI
Radek Martinek (2) ASST: Blake Comeau (6), Brendan Witt (7)
1 - 0 NYI
18:39
NJD
Zach Parise (33) ASST: Paul Martin (13), Johnny Oduya (17)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
06:15
NYI
PPG - Kyle Okposo (11) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 NYI
16:21
NJD
PPG - Jamie Langenbrunner (16) ASST: Paul Martin (14), Zach Parise (32)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
12:35
NJD
PPG - Zach Parise (34) ASST: Paul Martin (15), Patrik Elias (40)
3 - 2 NJD
18:57
NJD
EN - Jamie Langenbrunner (17) ASST: Zach Parise (33), Travis Zajac (31)
4 - 2 NJD
penalty summary
1st Period
07:48
NYI
Brendan Witt  Interference against  Dainius Zubrus
08:10
NYI
Chris Campoli  Hi-sticking against  Jamie Langenbrunner
14:23
NJD
David Clarkson  Hi-sticking against  Joe Callahan
19:53
NJD
Andy Greene  Hooking against  Sean Bergenheim
2nd Period
04:40
NJD
Bobby Holik  Interference on goalkeeper against  Joey MacDonald
10:09
NYI
Andy Hilbert  Tripping against  Travis Zajac
16:03
NYI
Bill Guerin  Hooking against  Travis Zajac
3rd Period
11:47
NYI
Brendan Witt  Tripping against  Patrik Elias
goalie stats
Joey MacDonald
SA: 49TOI: 59:46
Saves: 46EV: 38 - 39
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .939SH: 0 - 0
Kevin Weekes
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .920SH: 1 - 1
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