NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at New Jersey
(Wednesday, February 11th)
Final Score: New Jersey 4, NY Islanders 2
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Zach Parise scored twice, including the game- winner late in the third period, as New Jersey continued its recent roll with a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders at Prudential Center.
"I just want to keep playing well and things should take care of themselves," said Parise, who established a new career-high in goals with 34.
Jamie Langenbrunner added a pair of goals for the Devils, who have won 11 of their last 13 games. New Jersey also moved eight points in front of idle Philadelphia for first place in the Atlantic Division.
Kevin Weekes picked up his fourth win in as many starts, making 23 saves.
Radek Martinek and Kyle Okposo tallied for the Islanders, who have lost four in a row. Although he was saddled with the loss, Joey MacDonald almost single-handedly kept his team in the contest, stopping 46-of-49 shots.
"He always plays well against us and he did again tonight," Parise noted of MacDonald. "When you get 50 shots, you have a pretty good chance to win the game and luckily we did get a couple through."
The Devils took a 3-2 lead courtesy of the power play. Paul Martin took a shot from the point, which MacDonald kicked out but didn't follow. Parise was stationed to the right of the crease and tucked the puck home into an open net with 7:25 left in regulation.
Langenbrunner hit the empty net with a little over a minute remaining -- with a primary helper by Parise -- to lock up the victory.
"It's been a hard matchup for us this year," said Islanders head coach Scott Gordon of the Devils, who have prevented New York from posting even one point against them this season. "Those guys have picked up some speed and skill and there's a reason why they've had success this year."
Martinek's wrister 2:32 into the contest put the Isles up 1-0, and though they failed to convert a 5-on-3 advantage shortly thereafter, the Devils knotted the score on a Parise tally with 1:21 left in the period.
Okposo followed his own rebound and put New York back up by one with a power- play marker 6:15 into the second period, then Langenbrunner's man-advantage score evened things at 16:21.
The Devils have won six of the last seven meetings, and all four this season...Parise also moved into a tie with Jeff Carter of the Flyers for second-most tallies in the league, and with the assist also set a career- high with 66 points...Martin was credited with three assists.
02/11 23:01:26 ET