New Jersey Devils 4 at New York Islanders 1
- Attendance: 12,695
- Three Stars: 1. Damon Severson 2. Taylor Hall 3. Anders Lee
The Devils ended their season-long six-game, win-less streak from Dec. 29-Jan. 13 (0-3-3). It was their first win since Dec. 27 vs. DET (3-1 W). New Jersey scored four unanswered goals after falling behind, 1-0, 1:39 into the first period on the Islanders’ first shot of the game.
Tonight was the second of four games between the Devils and Islanders this season and the final one at Barclays Center. The Devils are 10-6-5 (23-12-8 overall) on the road, including 6-2-3 (12-6-5 overall) vs. the Eastern Conference and are 2-2-1 (4-5-1 overall) vs. the Metropolitan Division while on the road.
New Jersey out-shot the Islanders, 42-26. The club has out-shot their opponents in four straight games, the longest such stretch of the season. The Devils were 1-3 on the power play tonight and eliminated both of the Islanders man-advantage opportunities (2-2),
The clubs will meet again on Feb. 24. New Jersey will honor Patrik Elias that night by retiring his no. 26 jersey, when the season-series will shifts to Prudential Center before their fourth and final match-up on Mar. 31.
The Devils made a roster move before tonight’s game as Cory Schneider was ill and could not dress for the game. Binghamton Devils goaltender Ken Appleby was recalled from the AHL. Defenseman Steven Santini was assigned to Binghamton to keep the club at the 23-man roster limit.
Damon Severson, the games’s First Star, led the Devils with two goals, including the game-winner. He scored both markers during the second period, 1:26 minutes apart, to give the Devils the go-ahead goal, then put the club up, 3-1. Severson tied his previous season-high with five shots on goal this evening (also Dec. 14 at MTL).
It was the second two-goal game of the defenseman’s career. (also; Oct. 16, 2014 vs. WSH),
Jesper Bratt had two assists tonight. The rookie winger has 3 points (1G-2A) over the last two games. He now leads all Devils rookies with 29 points this season.
Kyle Palmieri scored his sixth power play goal, eighth overall, of the season at 15:20 of the first period. He has three goals over his last four games.
Taylor Hall continued his hot-streak. He now has four goals and five assists for nine points over his last five games, Jan. 2-16. He scored the Devils fourth and final goal of the evening and led the club with seven shots on goal.
Keith Kinkaid made his first start in net since Jan. 2 at STL. He stopped 25 of 26 shots in his first career win vs. the Islanders and is 0-3-2 in his career against the Islanders.
Ben Lovejoy had an assist on Severson’s second goal of the evening. It was his fourth assist, fifth point, of the season.
Sami Vatanen also recorded a power play assist on Palmieri’s tally. He has five assists over the past seven games, Dec. 29-Jan.16.
Andy Greene registered a season-high five penalty minutes tonight, recording the first fight of his NHL career (vs. B. Nelson).