07 March 2011
It was a gloomy day on Long Island and while the Islanders battled back they fell to the Devils today in a shootout, 3-2.
It was a very uneventful first period between the Devils, who are still pushing to make the playoffs, and the Islanders, who are not. For 20 minutes both teams played mainly neutral zone hockey. The Devils employed their patented “trap” system and gave the Islanders a hard time trying to create scoring opportunities. The first would end with shots 8-4 in favor of the Devils.
The game tempo would increase in the second period and after Bruno Gervais went to the box for hooking four minutes into the period the Devils would capitalize. Just nine seconds into the power play Brian Roloston scored on a shot from the point that would find its way to the back of the net. Following the goal, the Islanders stepped up their game in a big way. Putting shots on Brodeur and bringing some physicality to the contest. It would pay off for the Islanders when Andy Greene went to the penalty box for cross checking. With 55 seconds left in the power play PA Parenteau fed Josh Bailey in front of the net and the young Islander tied the game at one.
The Devils would regain their lead in the third period when Ilya Kovalchuck put one passed Al Montoya 2:52 into the period. The quick goal would once again lead the Devils to employ the hated “trap” so that the Islanders could not make a comeback. But the Islanders would find ways to get opportunities, including one with less than ten minutes left in the third period. Hamonic took a shot from the point that hit Brodeur and hung in mid air above Brodeur. Luckily for Brodeur his defensemen cleared the puck out of the Devils zone.
The chances would continue for the Islanders and would pay off in the games final minutes. With just 3:42 left in the game Blake Comeu intercepted the puck in front of the Devils net and put it past Brodeur to tie the game at two.
The two teams would head to overtime, but the overtime would solve nothing and they would head to a shootout.
Frans Nielson would be the first shooter in the shootout and he roofed it past Martin Brodeur. The Devils would send Mattias Tedenby out there, but Al Montoya would stop him. Parenteau would be next for the Islanders but he could not find the net. The Devils would then send in Ilya Kovalchuck in, he would tie it up at one and the shootout would roll on. It would four more sets of shooters before a winner was proclaimed. Brian Roloston would give the Devils the win, he would get the shot past a sprawling Montoya.
Post Game Audio
-The New Jersey Devils outshot the Islanders 29 to 22 and were outshot in every period of the game except celebrity news for the overtime period.
-Al Montoya stoped 27 of 29 shots for a save percentage of .931%. Martin Brodeur stopped 20 of 22 shots for a save percentage of .909%.
-Andrew macDonald led the Islanders defensemen for time on ice with 29:01.
-Frans Nielson led Islanders forwards for time on ice with 22:32.
-Attendance was 15,893 for the Sunday matinee.
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