Brian Rolston and Patrik Elias each scored two goals and two assists against Islanders’ starting goalie Martin Biron to help the New Jersey Devils to a 6-1 victory. Richard Park scored the only Islander goal in the game coming in the first period to open the scoring. Mike Mottau and Zach Parise had the two other tallies in the game. With the loss, the Islanders drop to 10-10-7 and remain with 27 points in the Atlantic Division.
On a seemingly harmless play, Park gave the Islanders the 1-0 lead, just over the halfway mark of the first period. Tim Jackman snapped a pass through the neutral zone to Park, who was skating into the Devils’ zone at the right-point position. The New Jersey defense gave Park a lot of space coming into the zone so he wound up and blasted a shot over the glove of Martin Brodeur to break the scoreless tie. Sean Bergenheim also had an assist on Park’s second goal of the season.
New Jersey dominated the second period and at the end of the twenty-minute frame had a 2-1 lead. Only 54 seconds in, the Devils tied the score at one when Mottau scored his first goal of the season. The New Jersey defenseman skated into the Islanders’ zone and attempted to feed Jamie Langenbrunner in front but Mark Streit was able to knock it away. Mottau regained the puck behind the net and once again tried to get Langenbrunner the puck from the left post, but his pass deflected off a skate in front and past Islanders’ starting goalie Martin Biron to tie the score at 1-1.
Rolston took the lead for the Devils at the 12:06 mark of the middle period while on the power-play. Elias took the puck behind the net and fed a pass to Rolston who was battling two Islander defensemen in front. Rolston one-timed the feed through the legs of Biron, giving the Devils a 2-1 lead at the end of two periods of play. Jamie Langenbrunner had the second assist on Rolston’s seventh tally of the season.
In the third, the Devils would tally four goals, two of them coming off the stick of Elias. Parise and Rolston had the other two markers in the period.
The Devils out-shot the Islanders by a 42 to 23 margin and were 2-for-3 on the power-play while the Islanders went 0-for-4.
The Islanders will travel south to Atlanta this week to continue on their five-game road trip when they take on the Thrashers, Thursday at 7 p.m. The team’s next home contest is Saturday, December 12 when they face-off against the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m. at the Nassau Coliseum. For tickets or information on any Islander upcoming home game, contact the team’s front office at (516) 501-6700 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Patrik Elias – 2 goals and 2 assists
2. Brian Rolston – 2 goals and 2 assists
3. Matt Halischuk – Did not record a point but his hard work was evident all over the ice today
Honorable Mention: Mike Mottau – Scores a goal and an assist
The Short List: The Islanders are one of three teams that have not allowed a short-handed goal this season. The other two clubs are the Detroit Red Wings and the Atlanta Thrashers. The Islanders have played more games than both the Red Wings (23) and the Thrashers (21) entering this afternoon's match-up against the New Jersey Devils with 26 games played.
Quick Turnaround: This afternoon’s game against the Devils is the Islanders seventh back-to-back game of the season. In total the Islanders will play 18 back-to-back games this season.
Another One Goes Down: New Jersey Devils’ forward David Clarkson, who was having his most productive start in his three NHL seasons with 7 goals, 3 power-play goals, 15 points and a plus-1 rating in 22 games, will be sidelined 4-6 weeks with a non-displaced fracture of his lower right leg sustained Friday afternoon in Boston. Clarkson, who had to crawl back to the players' bench after blocking a Zdeno Chara slap-shot in the ankle, will join the laundry list of Devils players on the shelf, including forwards Jay Pandolfo (dislocated right shoulder), Rob Niedermayer (upper body) and Dainius Zubrus (fractured right kneecap) and defensemen Paul Martin (broken arm) and Johnny Oduya (lower body).
Today’s Call-ups: Both the Islanders and Devils tapped into their American Hockey League affiliates after having a player go down with injuries in their games last night. For the Islanders, as hinted on Islanders Authorized, the team recalled Andrew MacDonald from the Sound Tigers after Andy Sutton left yesterday’s game with a groin injury. David Clarkson’s right leg injury opened up a spot for Vladimir Zharkov who this season had been playing for New Jersey’s AHL affiliate, the Lowell Devils.
26 Matt Moulson – 91 John Tavares – 7 Trent Hunter
20 Sean Bergenheim – 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
15 Jeff Tambellini – 12 Josh Bailey – 16 Jon Sim
11 Nate Thompson – 10 Richard Park – 28 Tim Jackman
2 Mark Streit – 47 Andrew MacDonald
38 Jack Hillen –8 Bruno Gervais
32 Brendan Witt – 44 Freddy Meyer
43 Martin Biron (starter)
30 Dwayne Roloson
12 Brian Rolston – 26 Patrik Elias – 15 Jamie Langenbrunner
9 Zach Parise – 19 Travis Zajac – 18 Niklas Bergfors
16 Matt Halischuk – 11 Dean McAmmond – 28 Tyler Eckford
17 Ilkka Pikkarainen – 10 Rod Pelley – 25 Andrew Peters
Defensemen 24 Bryce Salvador – 6 Andy Greene
27 Mike Mottau – 5 Colin White
2 Mark Fraser – 32 Matt Corrente
30 Martin Brodeur (starter)
35 Yann Danis
1 - 0 NYI
1 - 1 Tie
2 - 1 NJD
3 - 1 NJD
4 - 1 NJD
5 - 1 NJD
6 - 1 NJD