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Islanders serve as Devils food

November 28, 2009

New Jersey scored at will in the third period

 

The final score read 6-1 in favor of the Devils, but the game was much closer than that.  

New Jersey had a 2-1 lead midway through the third period, and thanks to two questionable interference calls, had a 5 on 3 power-play advantage.  After a high stick no-call, Patrik Elias cashed in to make it 3-1, and the Devils never looked back.  They proceeded to score two more, and three total in just over two minutes of play, and added a 6th for good measure with just seconds remaining. 

Brian Rolston and Elias each finished with two goals and two assists a piece, and Martin Brodeur was fabulous again, making 22 saves.   Mike Mottau and Zach Parise scored the other New Jersey goals.  Parise extended his career-high point scoring streak to 10 games.  The Devils extended their home-ice winning streak to six.

“We played pretty hard today, and I don’t know if we tired towards the end but they made plays and we didn’t.” said Head Coach Scott Gordon after the game. 

Brodeur was his usual self in goal

Richard Park scored the only Islanders goal, beating Brodeur with a shot from above the right circle in the first period.  New York had plenty of scoring chances after that, but Brodeur made sure the game stayed at 1-0. 

The Devils scored two in the 2nd to take a 2-1 lead heading into the third period.  They scored four in the third to give them their highest offensive output of the season. 

Despite a bundle of injuries, the Devils have managed to remain one of the top teams in the NHL.  Their injury list reads like the New York Mets medical report:  Jay Pandolfo (dislocated right shoulder), Dainius Zubrus (fractured right kneecap), Paul Martin (broken arm), Rob Niedermayer (upper body) and Johnny Oduya (lower body). Wing David Clarkson became the latest to join the list after a Zdeno Chara slap shot broke his right ankle during Friday’s victory in Boston, putting Clarkson out for four to six weeks.

The Devils held John Tavares to two shots, neither of which beat Brodeur, who is eight games from tying Roy’s career record for regular-season games played.

After four days off, the Islanders will resume their road trip in Atlanta against the surging Thrashers.  Game time is 7 pm. 

 

 

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