31 March 2011
The New York Islanders found themselves on the losing end of Wednesday night’s matchup with the New Jersey Devils for the fourth straight time this season. After falling behind two goals the Islanders stormed back scoring two goals in the third period, but a late Andy Greene goal sealed the Devils win.
In the first period Ilya Kovalchuck blasted a wrist shot from the hash marks of the right hand side face-off circle to give the Devils an early 1-0 lead. The next goal wouldn’t come until 3:23 of the second period. Jacob Josefson slipped the puck past Rick Dipietro when he lost sight of the rebound from Nick Palmieri’s shot.
At 7:47 of the third period, Mark Katic was called for high stick and received a double minor. Replay later showed that it was the puck, not Katic’s stick, that hit Mark Fraser in the face.
However, it was the Islanders and not the Devils who would capitalize on the Islander penalty. With about 2:29 left in the Katic penalty, Frans Nielson intercepted a poor Devils pass in neutral ice. Nielson raced into the Devils zone and used, his now famous, back hand move to beat Martin Brodeur and make it 2-1 game. It would be Nielson’s seventh shorthanded goal, tying him with Islanders great Bob Bourne.
With 6:16 remaining in the game Frans Nielson came through again for the Islanders. Frans Nielson managed to push the puck past Brodeur as three Islander players crashed the net. The goal was initially reviewed, but later ruled a good goal.
And just as fast as the Islanders tied up the game, New Jersey quickly found a way to respond. A little under two minutes later Andy Greene took a shot from the left hand face-off circle that beat Rick Dipietro and would prove to be the game winning goal.
The Islanders have a quick turnaround; they take on the New York Rangers at the Nassau Coliseum Thursday Night.
-Trevor Gillie played in his first game since being suspended for his on Cal Clutterbuck. Gillies only saw 5:15 of action against the Devils.
-Michael Grabner missed the game to be with his girlfriend, who went into labor with the couple’s first child.
-The New York Islanders outshot the Devils in the Wednesday night game, 29-20.
-Rick Dipietro stopped 17 of the 20 shots he faced against the Devils. While Martin Brodeur 27 of 29 shots he faced.
-Official attendance at the Prudential Center was 16,252.
-Prior to the game, Islanders beat write Katie Strang reported the Islanders were one of several teams being considered by free agent defensemen Stephane De Costa out of Merrimack College.
-Prior to the game, The Islanders and prospect Matt Donavan agreed to terms on an entry level contract. The entry deal does not kick in until next season and Donavan will finish the season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on an amateur tryout contract.