Islanders 1, Devils 0 (FINAL)
Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:13 AM
New Jersey Devilsnewjerseydevils.com (Nov. 16) – Martin Brodeur
's quest for win No. 500 continues.
Brodeur was denied the milestone for a third time on Friday night, as the Devils fell to the New York Islanders, 1-0, at Prudential Center.
Brodeur (5-10-1) made his 16th start of the season, and was nearly perfect in stopping 25 of 26 Islander shots. His counterpart, Rick DiPietro, was just one save better in turning away all 26 Devils attempts.
The Devils' goaltender remains stalled on 499 with the team heading on the road Saturday night to face the Philadelphia Flyers at Wachovia Center (7:00 p.m., FSN NY, WFAN 660 AM).
|Brodeur comes up with one of his 25 saves on the night.
Josef Vasicek's unassisted shorthanded tally at 5:25 of the second period was the game's only goal, and dropped New Jersey below .500 at home (3-4-0) for the first time since the club lost its home opener on Oct. 27.
With the Devils on their second power play of the night, Mike Mottau stumbled and fell in his own zone while skating backward with the puck. That gave Vasicek a window of opportunity to walk in all alone on Brodeur before Mottau could recover.
Brodeur got most of Vasicek's shot, but it flopped over him and into the Devil net. That one small miscue proved costly for the Devils (7-10-2), who suffered their fifth shutout of the season.
"It's a hard way to lose a hockey game," said head coach Brent Sutter. "We had some opportunities, but we didn't score any goals, obviously. Having a shorthanded goal scored against you, those things happen. But there really aren't any negatives that you can look at tonight other than we didn't score any goals. If we didn't have the bad break there, we could have capitalized on an opportunity and easily won the game, 1-0."
Vasicek also scored New York's first goal in the last meeting between the two teams, an Islander win on Nov. 10 at Nassau Coliseum. The Devils are 1-8-1 this season when scored upon first.
New Jersey's power play was 0-for-2, with three shots. The club has scored once in its last 30 opportunities with the man advantage.
The Devils are winless in three tries against the Islanders (0-2-1), and will next face them on Dec. 29 at Nassau Coliseum.
In the meantime, Brodeur remains one victory away from becoming just the second goaltender in NHL history to reach the 500-win plateau.
Defenseman Paul Martin, who left Wednesday's game against the Rangers after the first period, did not play due to lower body soreness... Forward Mike Rupp was also a scratch.