12 March 2011
The Islanders have less than 24 hours to enjoy their victory over the Bruins last night as they get set to take on the streaking New Jersey Devils tonight.
At 13:02 of the second period, Zdeno Chara scored a power play goal to put Boston up 2-0 after a first period goal by Nathan Horton. But with Brad Marchand in the penalty box for interference, Matt Moulson scored a power play goal with only two seconds remaining in the second period to bring the Islanders within one entering the final 20 minutes.
The momentum would carry into the third for New York as Michael Grabner scored only 1:28 in to tie the game up at 2-2. At 5:58 Jack Hillen would give the Islanders their first lead of the night, one they would hold onto for the rest of the game. PA Parenteau was credited with a goal late in the period after being hooked on a breakaway to an empty net.
The Islanders will start a five game road trip tonight against New Jersey. The Devils were in Atlanta last night winning 3-2 in overtime and will return home to host New York.
This is the fifth of six meetings between the two division rivals. The Islanders lead the season series by a single point having gone 2-1-1 while New Jersey is 2-2-0. New York, riding a 10-3-3 streak, look to continue their hot play down the stretch, while the Devils, 21-3-2 over their last 26 games, are hoping to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. A win for New Jersey tonight would put the team back at .500, a feat that looked impossible midway through the season.
Both teams will be looking for strong starts after both playing games last night. The game starts at 7pm.
Other key games in the playoff race today include Montreal at Pittsburgh, Buffalo at Toronto, Vancouver at Calgary and the New York Rangers at San Jose.
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