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Islanders 3, Devils 1

Monday, 04.01.2013 / 10:08 PM

Associated Press

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Islanders 3, Devils 1
New York Islanders 3, New Jersey Devils 1
Three Stars of the Game
Frans Nielsen
1st
Frans Nielsen
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:02
Josh Bailey
2nd
Josh Bailey
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 14:25
Alexei Ponikarovsky
3rd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 16:32

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Frans Nielsen set up two early goals and Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves and the New York Islanders continued their playoff push with a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.

Josh Bailey and Travis Hamonic were the beneficiaries of Nielsen's passes and John Tavares added his 22nd goal of the season as the Islanders won for the fourth time in five games.

New York's only loss was a 2-0 setback to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the winners of 15 straight games.

Alexei Ponikarovsky scored for the Devils, who are 0-1-3 since forward Ilya Kovalchuk was sidelined with a shoulder injury more than a week ago. Martin Brodeur finished with 18 saves.

Matt Martin had a knockout of Devils forward Tom Kostopoulos midway through the first period.

The two squared off after Martin checked Stephen Gionta and Martin caught the New Jersey tough guy right on the jaw with a right that sent him to the ice.

To his credit, Martin immediately motioned to the Devils bench for help for the dazed player.

The Islanders dominated the first period in taking a 2-0 lead in the opening 7:14 on goals by Bailey and Hamonic, while the Devils controlled the second in cutting the deficit in half on a goal by Ponikarovsky.

Nielsen had the primary assist in getting the Islanders off to a quick start against Brodeur. He made a nifty pass on a 2-on-1 break to set up Bailey's second goal in four games.

Hamonic's first goal in 19 games was a weak wrist shot from the point that Brodeur seemingly missed, or at least that's the way he reacted. While defenseman Andy Greene was in front of him, the puck didn't seem to hit him.

New Jersey, which didn't have a shot in the opening 7:25 and had only four in the first period, found its legs in the second.

Ponikarovsky snapped an 18-game goal drought by re-directing Patrik Elias' centering pass past Nabokov. Elias set up the goal by skating around Isles defenseman Mark Streit at the blueline to set up an odd-man rush.

That goal should have tied the game, but Devils' leading goal scorer David Clarkson banged a rebound off the post with the net wide open minutes earlier.

Tavares, who is second to Steven Stamkos in the NHL's goal-scoring race, gave the Islanders breathing room 9:13 into the third period with his ninth power-play goal. It was a shot into an open net after a cross-ice pass by Lubomir Visnovsky found its way through a crowd to him.

NOTES: Devils LW Dainius Zubrus played for the first time since tearing a ligament in his left wrist in game against the Rangers on Feb. 5. He had surgery and missed 26 games. ... This was the fourth time this season Nielsen had two assists in a game. ... Nabokov has started 16 of the past 17 games for the Islanders, and 31 of 35 this season. ... New York has been either tied or ahead in the third period in 30 of 36 games this season.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:52
NYI
Josh Bailey (6) ASST: Frans Nielsen (16), Kyle Okposo (12)
1 - 0 NYI
07:14
NYI
Travis Hamonic (3) ASST: Frans Nielsen (17)
2 - 0 NYI
2nd Period
08:01
NJD
Alexei Ponikarovsky (4) ASST: Patrik Elias (20), Travis Zajac (9)
2 - 1 NYI
3rd Period
09:13
NYI
PPG - John Tavares (22) ASST: Lubomir Visnovsky (7), Mark Streit (13)
3 - 1 NYI
penalty summary
1st Period
11:22
NYI
Matt Martin  Fighting (maj) against  Tom Kostopoulos
11:22
NJD
Tom Kostopoulos  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Martin
2nd Period
14:59
NYI
Thomas Hickey  Tripping against  Patrik Elias
3rd Period
08:41
NJD
Stephen Gionta  Hooking against  Keith Aucoin
10:18
NJD
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Hooking against  Mark Streit
17:28
NYI
Andrew MacDonald  Slashing against  Patrik Elias
17:28
NJD
Patrik Elias  Slashing against  Andrew MacDonald
goalie stats
Evgeni Nabokov
Evgeni Nabokov
17-11-3
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .960SH: 0 - 0
Martin Brodeur
SA: 21TOI: 57:53
Saves: 18EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0
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