Devils 2, Islanders 1 (F/OT)
Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:09 AM
The Devils celebrate Patrik Elias' 20th of the season that tied the contest at 1-1 in the second period.
***PLAYOFF TICKET UPDATE***
Individual tickets and eight-game strips for the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs go on sale Wednesday, April 2 at 9 a.m. on Ticketmaster and at the Prudential Center box office at 11 a.m.
newjerseydevils.com (April 1) –
The Devils have punched their ticket to the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
's goal 29 seconds into overtime sealed a 2-1 win over the Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday night and clinched New Jersey's 11th straight playoff appearance.
Only Detroit's current run of 17 consecutive postseason appearances is longer.
Parise notched a career high with his 32nd of the season on a tip-in of Johnny Oduya's wrist shot from the left point. The Devils' leading goal scorer beat Islanders backup Joey MacDonald from the slot.
MacDonald posted an impressive 45 saves, but couldn't stop the lone shot in OT as the Devils won their second in a row. Patrik Elias
scored his 20th of the season and added his 364th assist to tie ex-Devil Scott Niedermayer's club record.
(42-26-6) made 21 stops, as New Jersey closed out the season series with its second win against the Isles (2-5-1).
New Jersey (44-28-7) moved two points ahead of the idle Rangers for sole possession of fourth place in the Eastern Conference with three games to play. The club trails first-place Pittsburgh by five points in the Atlantic Division with a game in hand.
The Devils now return to Newark to host the seventh-seeded Boston Bruins on Wednesday (Fan Appreciation Night) before traveling to Philadelphia on Friday. The regular season concludes Sunday, April 6 with a home date against the Rangers.
A Devils miscue at their own blue line allowed Josef Vasicek to stake the Islanders to a 1-0 lead with 52 seconds left in the first period. Vasicek's 16th of the year was also his fifth in eight games against New Jersey this season.
But a power-play chance brought the Devils even in the middle frame.
With Kyle Okposo off for hooking, Elias blasted a slapshot from the top of the left circle that beat MacDonald high over his glove side at 5:42. Elias reached the 20-goal plateau for the seventh time in his decade-long career in New Jersey.
The Devils owned the second with 21-5 shots advantage, but remained locked in a 1-1 tie after 40 minutes. New Jersey outshot New York 13-8 in the scoreless third, before Parise ended it 29 seconds into overtime.
Elias extended his point streak to three games... Paul Martin notched the secondary helper on the Elias goal to stretch his assist streak to three games... Oduya had two assists (19, 20) and trails only Martin among Devils defensemen (26)... Bryce Salvador
missed his seventh straight game with a sore foot.