NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at NY Islanders
(Saturday, January 17th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, NY Islanders 1
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Zach Parise registered a goal and an assist, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 3-1 win over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Travis Zajac and David Clarkson also tallied for the Devils, who improved to 4-1-0 thus far on a six-game road trip that ends Monday in Nashville. Scott Clemmensen made 32 saves to earn his 17th win.
"We're feeling good about ourselves, and the special teams has been really good, the goaltending has been great," Parise said. "I think it's good to get on the road for awhile and be around the team, and we're taking advantage of it right now."
Blake Comeau had the lone goal and Yann Danis stopped 33 shots for the woeful Islanders, who remain winless in 2009, dropping seven straight -- all in regulation -- since a December 31 home victory against Florida.
"It's frustrating," Comeau said. "I thought there were some positives with the Rangers and Bruins games, and for whatever reason we got away from that tonight. We (have to) get back to the way we were playing against those top two teams."
It has been a revolving door in the crease for the Isles, with injuries to Rick DiPietro (knee) and Joey MacDonald (groin). New York agreed to terms with Wade Dubielewicz two days ago to help its injury-riddled netminding corps. Dubielewicz was playing over in Russia and first had to be released from his Russian contract and then had to clear waivers in order to suit up for the club for whom he played parts of four seasons with through the end of the 2007-08 campaign.
However, the Columbus Blue Jackets snatched him off waivers earlier Saturday, forcing New York to recall Peter Mannino from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League to serve as the backup.
The Devils took a 1-0 lead on a misplay by Danis. With New York on the power play, Danis ventured behind his cage and had the puck taken away by Parise. Danis scrambled to get his stick on Parise's wraparound chance, but Zajac slammed the rebound into the open net at 6:06 of the opening frame.
New Jersey converted on the man advantage 57 seconds into the second period. Jamie Langenbrunner fired a wrister from the left circle that caught a piece of Danis and Parise was on the doorstep to bang in the rebound for his team-leading 26th goal of the season.
Clarkson gave the Devils a three-goal lead at 4:58 of the middle stanza, then Comeau spoiled Clemmensen's shutout bid and put the Isles on the board with 9:25 to play in regulation.
Islander forwards Doug Weight and Bill Guerin were honored in a pre-game ceremony. Guerin recently became the eighth American and 79th NHL player to score 400 goals, while Weight became the eighth American and 73rd NHLer to reach the 1,000-point plateau...New Jersey has won four straight and five of the last six meetings with the Isles...The Devils recorded their fifth short- handed goal of the year.
01/18 02:27:11 ET