Islanders 3, Devils 2
This time, the New York Islanders got a couple of lucky breaks
on the road.
Michael Grabner snapped a tie with a short-handed goal and the
Islanders beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Saturday for their
first road win of the season.
”Our guys battled. They battled the last nine periods,”
Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. ”We did get some breaks
tonight. It takes a few breaks to win a game. I’m just glad they
got the two points.”
Matt Moulson and Josh Bailey also scored for New York, which
earned its third victory this month and improved to 1-5-2 on the
road. Al Montoya had 24 saves.
Adam Larsson and Adam Henrique scored for New Jersey. Martin
Brodeur made 23 saves.
The Islanders led 2-1 before Henrique sent a backhander past
Montoya’s outstretched glove 3:59 into the third.
Grabner responded two minutes later when poked the puck away
from Ilya Kovalchuk in the defensive zone and snapped his seventh
goal of the season over Brodeur’s glove while Bailey was in the
penalty box for hooking. Grabner’s first short-handed goal of the
season came at 5:51.
”It’s nice to get the one,” Grabner said of his game winner
after noting he was on the ice for both of New Jersey’s goals. ”I
think we created some offense on the PK but it’s just good that we
killed off the penalty.”
Kovalchuk alternated between brilliance and foolishness. He
assisted on both Devils goals but also was penalized for
unsportsmanlike conduct with 5:40 remaining.
Kovalchuk had been clipped by John Tavares’ stick and complained
loudly when a penalty was not called. The Devils star eventually
was assessed the two-minute minor.
”They missed that one for sure,” Kovalchuk said of the
unpenalized high stick.
Zach Parise nearly tied it with two seconds left but the
apparent goal was disallowed after a video review. Parise whacked
at Montoya’s glove to free the puck and replays showed the New
Jersey captain may have kicked the puck in the goal.
Parise shouted at referees Dave Jackson and Kelly Sutherland
immediately after the final horn sounded.
”It definitely hit my skate but is that a kicking motion? I
definitely don’t think it was,” Parise said later. ”Of course I
was angry and then they make the wrong call.”
Added Devils coach Peter DeBoer: ”I watched the play (and) I’m
not sure I agree with the decision based on my view of the replays.
To me, it wasn’t what I would consider a distinct kicking
Moulson opened the scoring 11:28 into the game with his seventh
goal of the season. Linemate P.A. Parenteau skated up the right
wing boards before feathering a centering pass to Moulson in the
right face-off circle. Moulson then snapped a shot over Brodeur’s
Larsson’s second goal of the season tied it 4:20 into the
second. The rookie defenseman snapped a shot over Montoya from the
high slot after Henrique won a battle for a puck in the defensive
Bailey’s second goal of the year gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead
at 11:59 of the second period. David Ullstrom dislodged the net as
Bailey’s shot sailed into the goal, but the score was allowed after
Brodeur kept the deficit at 2-1 with spectacular glove and
stacked pad saves on Grabner and Kyle Okposo with 38 seconds left
in the second. He gloved Grabner’s wrist shot but could not control
it as he tumbled to the ice. Okposo jumped on the loose puck but
Brodeur threw his legs into the air to stop the ensuing shot.
Despite the brilliant sequence, Brodeur focused on what went
wrong on Grabner’s goal.
”I was looking at my stick and didn’t see Kovy go in front of
me. I wasn’t ready to challenge Grabner,” Brodeur said. ”Two
mistakes, I guess.”
The teams had 26 shots apiece. Neither team was able to
capitalize on the power play; New York went 0 for 2, while New
Jersey was 0 for 3.
NOTES: Grabner had six short-handed goals last year. … Nino
Niederreiter was scratched for the third straight game. The New
York right winger tweeted during the first intermission that he
”didn’t know” in response to tweets he received regarding why he
has not played. Capuano was asked for his response to
Niederreiter’s tweet but an Islanders spokesman interrupted and
said the organization would ”deal with it later.” … New York
entered the game 30th in goals per game (1.90) and 29th in goals
against (3.25). … New Jersey now will go on the road for four
games. … The announced attendance was 16,014. … Parise has not
scored a goal since November 16.