Rick DiPietro earned his first shutout of the season while Matt Moulson scored two goals as the Islanders peppered the New Jersey Devils with 46 shots en route to a 4-0 victory in front of a sellout crowd at the Nassau Coliseum.
Its been an emotional week for DiPietro, who has won two straight games, and recorded his first shutout since February 21, 2008.
"It feels great," DiPietro said after the game. "But like I said all along, the biggest thing for us right now is wins. It was another great effort by our guys."
For DiPietro, getting his first shutout in almost two years was equally as special as his first win on Saturday.
"It was real similar to last game," DiPietro said. "The crowd has been great, the organization has been great."
Moulson got the Islanders on the board early, just 67 seconds into the first period. After a key offensive zone faceoff win by Frans Nielsen, Moulson settled the puck by the hashmarks and fired a slapshot on Brodeur. Moulson immediately got the rebound, and slid the puck through the legs of Brodeur for his team-leading 18th goal of the season and the 1-0 Islanders lead.
"Fransy won the faceoff to Trent, and made a great play to me in the slot," Moulson recalled. "I tried to get it off quick. It bounced right back to me. I don't know how it went in. I think I fanned on it and it went five-hole."
A little over two and a half minutes later, Mark Streit gave the Islanders a two-goal lead on the power play. With Rod Pelley in the penalty box serving a delay of game minor, the Islanders power play took to work. John Tavares, working down low behind the Devils net, sent a pass out to the point to Streit. The Islanders defenseman wound up and fired a booming slap shot over the shoulder of Brodeur for his seventh goal of the season for the 2-0 lead.
The Islanders had a chance to put themselves up by three goals in the first period, but were robbed by an acrobatic save by Brodeur. After Brodeur stopped a Tavares shot, Trent Hunter had a juicy rebound opportunity with the New Jersey goaltender down on the ice. Hunter gathered the puck, and lifted a shot that looked headed for the back of the net. However Brodeur outstretched his goaltender stick and managed to get a piece of the shot, deflecting the opportunity over the net to keep the Islanders lead at two goals.
"There's a couple I don't even know how he saw them or saves them," Moulson said. "Luckily a few found its way in."
The Islanders looked to make sure their first period outburst wasn't lost and exploded for another two goals in the middle frame.
Josh Bailey continued his stellar play as of late, giving the Islanders a 3-0 lead with 4:18 left in the second period. the Islanders 2008 first round draft pick parked himself in front of Brodeur, and deflected a Jack Hillen backhand shot past the Devils netminder for his 12th goal of the season to give his team a three-goal lead.
Bailey has been playing some of his best hockey since moving to left wing, as his goal is his fifth in his last nine games.
Moulson scored his second goal of the game with 1:05 left in the second period to give the Islanders a 4-0 lead with his 19th goal of the year. Moulson parked himself in his usual spot, right in front of the crease as Andy Sutton fired a hard slapshot from just above the blue line. Sutton's shot made its way through a maze of bodies, but Moulson got his stick on the blast, deflecting it through the legs of Brodeur to extend the Islanders lead to four goals.
That would be enough for Devils Head Coach Jacques Lemaire, as he pulled Brodeur in favor of former Islander, Yann Danis to start the third period.
However, the Islanders held New Jersey at bay, holding them to nine shots in the third period and 20 shots overall.
The win is the Islanders fourth straight, and they are now 9-2-1 in their last 12 games.
"Its just great to get the wins," Moulson said. "I think everyone is pretty confident right now. There's a real positive outlook."
DiPietro agreed with the first star of the game.
"Every win contributes to that (confidence)," DiPietro said. "We have a great group of guys with great chemistry. Our work ethic is extremely good right now and we got to keep that going."
Three Stars of the Game:
1. Matt Moulson, NYI: Two goals to extend his team lead to 19 2. Rick DiPietro, NYI: 20 saves for his first shutout of the season 3. Trent Hunter, NYI: Two assists, four shots
Slapshots: Islanders outshot New Jersey, 46-20...Matt Moulson led all Islanders with 7 shots on goal...Islanders were 1-4 on the power play, while New Jersey was unsuccessful on one man advantage...Jeff Tambellini, Nate Thompson and Martin Biron (all healthy) were the Islanders scratches...This was the third meeting of the season between these two teams and first at the Nassau Coliseum; New Jersey now leads the season series, 2-1...Islanders now have an all-time record of 109-66-27 against New Jersey.