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Bergenheim's Hat Trick Lifts Isles To Win

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:50 AM

New York Islanders

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Bergenheim's Hat Trick Lifts Isles To Win
New Jersey Devils 3, New York Islanders 7

Empty-netter with less than one second remaining in game completes Isles first Hat Trick of 2008-09, lifting team to 7-3 victory over Devils. Martinek, Okposo, Tambellini, Comeau also have goals for Isles

By Tom Liodice

It looked as though Sean Bergenheim was simply going to run out of time. As fans cheered him on, the Islanders forward picked up the puck deep in the Devils zone, stopped short, and fired a shot from a sharp angle into the empty net with just seven-tenths of one second remaining in the game. The goal was Bergenheim’s third of the game—the team’s first hat trick this season—as the Islanders overpowered the first-place Devils, 7-3, Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum.
 
"One of the things that I’ve been trying to stress to (Bergenheim) that better offensive players do is to cut back and protect the puck," Islanders Head Coach Scott Gordon said. "A perfect example is the empty-net goal, it’s all set up by his stopping, going through Shanahan’s legs and putting it in the net. What impressed me about that is what he did to set it up. He’s doing more of that now than he did anytime this year."

Islanders forward Blake Comeau has been impressed with Bergenheim—who has scored six goals in the past five games.
 
"Whatever he’s eating, I want some of it," Comeau joked. "He’s playing well for us lately. He’s working hard, he’s playing with speed and playing physical as well. He’s a great player."
 
Click here to read "Bergie Builds Momentum."

The Islanders exploded for six goals in the first two periods against Martin Brodeur.
 
Radek Martinek put the Islanders on the scoreboard first just 1:42 into the first period. The play was initiated as Tim Jackman skated hard into the play, looking for a rebound on a Dean McAmmond slap shot. Jackman stopped just short of the crease as Brodeur fell backwards. Martinek got the rebound and shot the puck into the open net for his third goal of the season.
 
Kyle Okposo extended the Islanders lead to two goals on the power play at 10:59 of the first period for the 2-0 lead. With John Madden in the box for high-sticking, Josh Bailey sent a centering pass from behind the net to Okposo. Brodeur got a piece of the pass, but deflected it right to Okposo who had an open net for the easy put-in for his 13th of the season.
 
Jeff Tambellini gave the Islanders a 3-0 lead over the Devils 14:05 into the first period with his fourth goal of the season. Tambellini took a breakout pass from Mark Streit and broke through the Devils defense. Tambellini backhanded the puck that just slipped through Brodeur’s legs.
 
Brian Gionta gave the Devils their first goal of the game just 29 seconds into the second period for his 15th goal of the season. Gionta deflected a Colin White slapshot catching Islanders goaltender Joey MacDonald out of position to cut the Islanders lead to 3-1.
 
The Islanders retook their three-goal lead just over a minute later at the 1:40 mark of the second period. Mike Iggulden--called up from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this morning--attempted a wrap-around past Brodeur. As the puck went through the goal crease, Sean Bergenehiem tipped the puck over Brodeur’s pads for the 4-1 lead for his first of the game.
 
The assist was Iggulden’s first career NHL point.
 
"That was something pretty special," Iggulden said. "I didn’t really expect anything. I was just trying to work as hard as I could, and to just get a point and a couple of assists was something really special for me."
 
Just two and a half minutes later, the New Jersey Devils, Jamie Langenbrunner scored his 21st of the season to cut the Islanders lead to 4-2. Langenbrunner found himself in the right place and at the right time and pounced on a rebound from a Bryce Salvador slapshot with MacDonald out of position for his 21st of the season.
 
Comeau gave the Islanders a 5-2 lead with a power play goal 13:00 into the second frame. With Jamie Langenbrunner in the penalty box, Bailey sent a behind-the-back centering pass from behind the net to a streaking Comeau, who flipped the puck over Brodeur for his second goal in as many games.
 
Andy Hilbert received a secondary assist on Comeau’s goal—his 100th career NHL point.
 
Bergenheim scored his second goal of the game 17:20 into the second period to give the Islanders their largest lead of the game. Iggulden deflected a failed Devils clearing attempt, he passed off to Bergenheim who fired the puck past Brodeur to give the Islanders a 6-2 lead.
 
Kevin Weekes replaced Brodeur before the start of the third period.
 
"That doesn’t happen too often," Gordon said. "We talked about getting the puck to the net and tried to advantage of some of his rebounds, and we did."
 
Patrik Elias cut the Islanders lead to three goals at 6-3, scoring a power play goal 6:48 into the third period. Elias deflected a White slapshot past MacDonald for his 26th goal of the season.
 
The Islanders announced that Trent Hunter has a fractured ankle and will miss the remainder of the season.
 
Three Stars of the Game:
1. Sean Bergenheim:
First career hat trick, 6 shots
2. Jeff Tambellini: Goal, assist
3. Mike Iggulden: Two assists in his Islanders debut
 
Slapshots: The Devils outshot the Islanders 38-28... Mike Iggulden made his Islanders debut, logging 12:37 of ice time, with two assists, four shots, and two hits... Iggulden is the 17th player to have played at least one game with Bridgeport and the Islanders this season... With his third goal of the season, Radek Martinek has as many goals this year as he had in his past three seasons... Seven goals are the most the Islanders have scored in a game this season, besting their previous high of five (twice: 10/11 vs. St. Louis; 1/29 @ Atlanta)... Attendance was 15,524... Saturday’s Modell Amateur Hockey Award Winner was Gina Wright from PAL women’s hockey and PAL junior team at the RINX in Happauge.

Click here to read "Bergie Builds Momentum."

ISLANDERS
Goaltenders

35 Joey MacDonald
34 Yann Danis

Defensemen
2 Mark Streit - 8 Bruno Gervais
24 Radek Martinek - 38 Jack Hillen
26 Joe Callahan - 17 Thomas Pock

Forwards
21 Kyle Okposo - 12 Josh Bailey - 57 Blake Comeau
20 Sean Bergenheim - 51 Frans Nielsen - 7 Trent Hunter
36 Mike Iggulden - 37 Dean McAmmond - 15 Jeff Tambellini
58 Jesse Joensuu - 11 Andy Hilbert - 28 Tim Jackman

NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Goaltenders

30 Martin Brodeur
1 Kevin Weekes

Defensemen
27 Mike Mottau - 5 Colin White
29 Johnny Oduya - 7 Paul Martin
28 Niclas Havelid - 24 Bryce Salvador

Forwards
14 Brian Gionta - 26 Patrik Elias - 8 Dainus Zubris
16 Bobby Holik - 11 John Madden - 20 Jay Pandolfo
15 Jamie Langenbrunner - 19 Travis Zajac - 9 Zach Parise
18 Brendan Shanahan - 12 Brian Rolston - 23 David Clarkson
scoring summary
1st Period
01:42
NYI
Radek Martinek (3) Snap shot - ASST: Dean McAmmond (7), Jeff Tambellini (6)
1 - 0 NYI
10:59
NYI
PPG - Kyle Okposo (13) Snap shot - ASST: Josh Bailey (15), Frans Nielsen (18)
2 - 0 NYI
14:05
NYI
Jeff Tambellini (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Mark Streit (34), Joe Callahan (2)
3 - 0 NYI
2nd Period
00:29
NJD
Brian Gionta (15) Deflected shot - ASST: Colin White (15), Mike Mottau (11)
3 - 1 NYI
01:40
NYI
Sean Bergenheim (12) Snap shot - ASST: Mike Iggulden (1), Jack Hillen (4)
4 - 1 NYI
04:01
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner (21) Snap shot - ASST: Bryce Salvador (9), Zach Parise (40)
4 - 2 NYI
13:00
NYI
PPG - Blake Comeau (6) Snap shot - ASST: Josh Bailey (16), Andy Hilbert (13)
5 - 2 NYI
17:20
NYI
Sean Bergenheim (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Iggulden (2)
6 - 2 NYI
3rd Period
06:48
NJD
PPG - Patrik Elias (26) Tip-in - ASST: Paul Martin (20), Bobby Holik (4)
6 - 3 NYI
19:59
NYI
SHG - EN - Sean Bergenheim (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Jack Hillen (5)
7 - 3 NYI
penalty summary
1st Period
07:37
NYI
Frans Nielsen  Cross checking against  Brian Gionta
10:15
NJD
John Madden  Hi-sticking against  Thomas Pock
18:09
NYI
Mark Streit  Tripping against  Jamie Langenbrunner
2nd Period
11:24
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner  Tripping against  Mark Streit
3rd Period
00:51
NYI
Andy Hilbert  Tripping against  Dainius Zubrus
05:43
NYI
Jeff Tambellini  Boarding against  Mike Mottau
16:16
NYI
Bruno Gervais  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
18:25
NYI
Joe Callahan  Delaying Game-Ill. play goalie against  David Clarkson
goalie stats
Kevin Weekes
SA: 1TOI: 16:51
Saves: 1EV: 1 - 1
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
10-3-2
SA: 26TOI: 39:29
Saves: 20EV: 17 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .769SH: 0 - 0
Joey MacDonald
SA: 38TOI: 59:58
Saves: 35EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 12
SV%: .921SH: 0 - 0
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