NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at New Jersey
(Friday, November 21st)
Final Score: New Jersey 5, NY Islanders 2
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Brian Gionta had a goal and an assist as the New Jersey Devils roughed up the New York Islanders, 5-2, at Prudential Center.
Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise each had three assists while Kevin Weekes made 25 saves in the win for the Devils, who are in the midst of a three-game winning streak.
"It's obviously huge especially since one of them wasn't Zach," said Langenbrunner about five different players getting a goal. "You know that's been a big change for us. So great job by the defensemen getting pucks through tonight, shooting the puck. It's a big key for us with all the guys we have out and the situation we're in to have a lot of guys contributing."
Andy Hilbert and Sean Bergenheim each had a goal and Joey MacDonald gave up all five goals on 33 shots for the Islanders, who had their first three-game winning streak of the season stopped.
"We just got to keep battling, we had a few turnovers that cost us the game," said MacDonald. "In the second period I thought we started throwing some stuff at the net and we started getting some bounces on them and there were rebounds there for the taking, but it seemed like every time we battled back, they came down and the third goal just shot off our "D" into the net. Just one of those nights that the puck was just bouncing."
New Jersey's power play, which was ranked second in the league to last coming into the game at 12.5 percent, gave the team the lead. Late in the first with Bruno Gervais in the box for slashing, Johnny Oduya blasted a one-timer from the right point that David Clarkson tipped past MacDonald with just 1:19 left in the frame.
Just 10 seconds later, the Devils grabbed a 2-0 lead as Langenbrunner unleashed a soft shot from the right point that Travis Zajac, charging the net, tipped by MacDonald.
Weekes stopped all nine shots he faced in the first period.
The Islanders got on the board at the 3:29 mark of the second period as Hilbert threw a quick shot on net from the left boards that surprised Weekes.
However, the Devils got the goal back just 23 seconds later as Bryce Salvador's shot from the left point hit off of Chris Campoli's skate in front of the net and past MacDonald.
New York made it a 3-2 game later in the second as Andy Sutton threw a shot on net from the left circle that hit off the right post and was then slammed home by Bergenheim with 6:56 left in the frame.
New Jersey, though, answered with just 16 seconds left in the second as Parise put a shot on net from the left side that was stopped, but Gionta jammed home the loose puck during a scrum in front for a 4-2 advantage.
The Devils struck again on the power play with 7:28 left in the third period as Paul Martin's blast from the high slot went through a screen and into the left corner of the net.
New Jersey plays in Tampa on Sunday...The Islanders play in Buffalo on Saturday...The Islanders won six of eight games against the Devils last season, but have lost both matchups this season...New Jersey went 2-for-5 on the power play while the Islanders finished the game 0-for-3...Islanders center Frans Nielsen left the in the third period with an apparent leg injury. He was on the receiving end of an open-ice hit by Devils defenseman Mike Mottau and remained down before being helped off the ice...New Jersey center John Madden was scratched from the game with a left foot injury he suffered in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Panthers.
11/21 22:40:15 ET