The visiting NJ Devils walked out of the Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum with two-points after a 6-1 win over the NY Islanders during the matinee game on Saturday afternoon.
In a game that many have speculated might possibly be the last time Goaltender Martin Brodeur is seen in a Devils uniform, he was spectacular, making 18-saves on the 19-shots he saw, and frustrated the Islanders all game.
Fortunately for Brodeur, he was not the only story during the game. The offensive explosion by the usually low-scoring offense, and in particular the 700th Career NHL Goal by Jaromir Jagr at 3.31 of the second period brought fans of both teams to their feet.
Not only did Jagr become the 7th player to reach that plateau during the game, but later on he moved into a tie with Marcel Dionne on the All-Time Asssists list, after getting the first assist on Marek Zidlicky’s PPG during the Devils big 2nd period.
Unfortunately for the Islanders, Zidlicky’s power play goal was one-of-four goals that the New York penalty kill gave up on the night. Starting with Adam Henrique’s goal in the first period, then Ryane Clowe and Marek Zidlicky’s goals in the second period, and finishing with a goal by Eric Gelinas in the third period.
The lone scorer for the Islanders Saturday was Kyle Okposo, who notched his career-high, 25th-goal of the season. The goal came on a tip-in deflection off a shot by line mate Thomas Vanek in the second period.
The NJ Devils move to 26-22-13 for 65-pts, while the NY Islanders move to 23-31-8 for 54-pts.
The Devils host the San Jose Sharks at the Prudential Center Sunday at 3pm, while the NY Islanders host the Florida Panthers, Sunday at 3pm, at the Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum.
Three Stars of the Game
1) Ryane Clowe
2) Martin Brodeur
3) Jaromir Jagr
Islanders Goaltender Anders Nilsson was recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in exchange for Kevin Poulin.
John Tavares (knee), Frans Nielsen (broken hand) remain on injury reserve.
Matt Martin was scratched and is still day-to-day with a lower body injury, it is expected he’ll make his return soon after practicing on Friday
Damian Brunner was a scratch after leaving Thursday night’s game with a charlie horse, Jacob Josefson took his place.
Bryce Salvador was also a scratch after leaving Thursday night’s game with a bruised collarbone, Anton Volchenkov took his place on Saturday.