Islanders 4, Devils 3 (Final/OT)
New Jersey Devils
newjerseydevils.com (Oct. 20) –
Four seconds away from a shootout, the Devils let one get away on the Island.
Bill Guerin's power-play goal at 4:56 of overtime capped a 4-3 Islanders victory on Saturday night. Since winning back-to-back games in Atlanta and Pittsburgh, New Jersey (3-4-1) has lost two straight.
The Devils conclude their season-high nine-game road trip next Thursday against the Rangers, and will play their first game at Newark's Prudential Center on Oct. 27 against Ottawa.
Facing the Islanders for the first time this season, the Devils allowed three goals in the second period, and rallied to erase a 3-1 deficit on tallies from Jay Pandolfo and Brian Gionta.
Kevin Weekes made his second start of the season, and made 32 saves as the Devils were outshot 36-28. His previous start was a 4-1 win in Florida on Oct. 6.
|Parise has two goals and eight assists for 10 points this season.
Josef Vasicek, Miroslav Satan and Mike Comrie accounted for New York's goals in regulation, as the Islanders improved to 5-3-0.
The Devils were trailing by two when Pandolfo, who has three goals and an assist in his last four games, picked up the puck at the red line and skated into Islander territory before putting a wrist shot through a screen at 2:22 of the third period.
With a little less than 18 minutes to play, New Jersey was within a goal at 3-2.
Gionta received a double minor for high sticking Comrie at 7:55 of the third period, and the Devils had to survive a four-minute Islander power play before they could complete their comeback.
New Jersey responded by limiting the Isles to two shots on the ensuing penalty kill, and sixteen seconds after Gionta had exited the box, he tipped a Paul Martin shot out of mid air and past Rick DiPietro to tie the game at 3-3.
The overtime period began with the Devils on the man advantage for 42 seconds following Sean Bergenheim's interference penalty at the end of regulation. But one of their best opportunities of the extra session came after Bergenheim's penalty had expired, when Karel Rachunek put a shot off the crossbar at 1:42.
Guerin's goal developed with Andy Greene
off for tripping Comrie at 4:28. The Islanders pressured with two shots on goal, along with one that was blocked by John Madden. A Comrie rebound found Guerin, and the one-time Devil was all alone in front to bury the winner.
New Jersey finished the game 0-for-4 with the man advantage, while New York went 1-for-5.
The Devils led after 20 minutes thanks to Zach Parise
's goal just 55 seconds into the contest. Parise is New Jersey's leading scorer with two goals and eight assists for 10 points in eight games.
That lead later evaporated when Vasicek tied the game at 3:31 of the second. Satan followed 2:04 later with his first of the season to give the Islanders a 2-1 edge.
With Rachunek in the box for hooking Guerin, the Islanders took a two-goal lead at 12:03. Bruno Gervais' point shot ricocheted off the cross bar, and Comrie put the rebound through traffic for his fifth of the season.
registered his first multipoint game of the season with assists on the Parise and Gionta goals... Gionta led all Devils with five shots, and scored his first goal since the Devils' season opener in Tampa on Oct. 4.
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