Devils 4, Islanders 2 (F)
Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:10 AM
Brian Gionta's 16th of the season iced the 4-2 win for New Jersey.
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The Devils' first win against the New York Islanders has them looking down on the rest of the division.
New Jersey got a goal and an assist from Zach Parise
to sweep the three-game homestand with a 4-2 decision over the Islanders at Prudential Center on Saturday afternoon.
added a power-play goal for the Devils, who took their fourth straight overall with their first win in six tries this season against their Atlantic Division rivals
made 19 saves for his league-leading 34th victory, as the Devils jumped a point ahead of Pittsburgh for the Atlantic lead. The Senators topped the Penguins 4-3 in overtime on Saturday.
Brodeur has allowed two goals or less in eight of his last nine starts, and sits one victory shy of his 11th straight 35-win season.
"It's kind of hard to look at the standings and see how close everything is and how big every point you get is," head coach Brent Sutter said. "For us to accumulate points, we have to play the way we have been playing."
New Jersey (36-21-5) improved to 6-0-1 in its last seven overall. The club heads out on a two-game road trip to Washingon on Sunday and Carolina on Tuesday. The Devils are undefeated in regulation over their last five games away from Newark.
In the Garden State, the Devils' impressive February continued. New Jersey is 7-2-1 in 10 home games this month, and will host Washington next Friday.
"We had a streak earlier where we had won nine games in a row," Sutter said. "The mindset was good then, but it's better now. Part of it has to do with what time of the year it is. We've gone through some adversity here, two or three weeks ago, and we fought through that. Everyone dug in."
After Josef Vasicek's 13th of the season had given the Islanders the first lead of the game at 7:55, Elias and John Madden scored 1:20 apart in the first period to put the Devils ahead 2-1.
Johnny Oduya fed Elias for a one-timer from the top of the right circle that beat Rick DiPietro's glove side at 10:17. Elias collected his 17th of the season and sixth on the power play. He now has a goal and eight assists in his last seven games.
Oduya's helper gave him three goals and nine assists for 12 points in his last 19 games, while Parise stretched his points streak to six games (5g-2a) to match a career high.
Madden's 17th was also his team-leading third shorthanded goal of the season.
Madden shouldered Miroslav Satan off a loose puck at the New York point, and skated in on 2-on-1 with Jay Pandolfo against Marc-Andre Bergeron. Madden tried threading a backhand pass through a sliding Bergeron, but the puck deflected up off of Bergeron's stick and into the net at 11:36 of the first period.
Fedotenko knotted the contest at 2-2 early in the second period with his 14th at 1:53. But the Devils would outshoot New York 20-4 in the third to break it open.
Parise's team-leading 25th of the year broke the tie.
Following Brodeur's right toe save on a Fedotenko wrister, Travis Zajac
chipped the puck safely out of Devils territory. Parise caught up to it in the neutral zone and skated in alone on Aaron Johnson and Fedotenko, who was backchecking.
Parise split the two defenders and beat DiPietro at 2:30 of the third, running his career-high goal streak to five games. Brodeur was credited with his third assist of the season.
Brian Gionta staked the Devils to a 4-2 lead when he swept a Colin White
rebound around DiPietro for his 16th of the season at 4:43. Gionta now has three goals and six assists for nine points in his last 11 games.
The Devils next face the Islanders on March 21 at Prudential Center, and wrap up the season series on April 1 at Long Island.
White returned to the lineup after missing Wednesday's game with upper body soreness... Saturday's scratches were Karel Rachunek and Vitaly Vishnevski... Brodeur thwarted Satan's 4-on-4 breakway with 1:29 remaining in the opening frame... The Devils successfuly killed off 1:17 of a 5-on-3 after David Clarkson
and White were whistled for interference minors 43 seconds apart... The Islanders have allowed a league-worst 11 shorthanded goals.