The last of three straight for the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders will take place at Prudential Center. Scott Wedgewood will face Ilya Sorokin in net. Lineup changes for the Devils include sitting Michael McLeod and Nikita Gusev will check back into the lineup. The Devils will look to win a game at home in front of their fans for the first time this season…
The Islanders came out of the period stronger and faster-paced. New York registered the first seven shots on net before Kieffer Bellows deflected a shot off of his body past Wedgewood. 58 seconds later, the Devils would capitalize on the power play after Andy Greene took a delay of game penalty. Janne Kuokkanen would score for the Devils with Kyle Palmieri and Damon Severson adding the assists. 7:25 into the period, Kuokkanen would take a tripping call and the Islanders power play would get their first try of the game. The Islanders would register one shot and the Devils penalty kill would be able to kill off the penalty.
Nick Leddy would be the next culprit to take a penalty. During the Devils power play, Miles Wood would take a hooking penalty and teams would play 4-on-4 before the Islanders would get a shortened power play. With one second left, Brock Nelson gets one past Wedgewood to give the Islanders a one-goal lead. The Islanders would also be leading 15-6 in shots on goal.
The second period started with a few low danger scoring chances for both teams. At 3:44 into the period, Dmitry Kulikov took a tripping penalty and the Islanders would go back on the power play. Wedgewood was able to stop multiple chances and the Devils penalty kill would get the job done again. The game would become more settled down and fewer chances would happen. 16:04 into the period, Yegor Sharangovich would get a nice feed from P.K. Subban and snipe one past Sorokin. The Devils would fire 12 shots in the period as opposed to New York’s 10. The Islanders would still lead in shots on goal 25-18 and the game would head into the 3rd period tied.
Both teams started the 3rd period with chances and kept the pace very quickly. Six minutes in, both teams would register five shots on the net. Wedgewood would make his best sprawling save of the game to keep it tied at two. The Devils put one past Sorokin off of a deflection but it was called back after a very questionable Nathan Bastian interference penalty. The Devils would then start to tilt the ice and put pressure on the Islanders but would not convert on any chances. Regulation would end with the 34-29 in shots on goal with the Islanders leading.
The Devils thought they won with a blast from Subban, but it would be called back after Jesper Bratt was millimeters offside. The Devils would then get a chance on the power play, but would come up short. The shots on goal were 3 for the Devils and none for the Islanders.
Nikita Gusev would give the Devils a lead in the shootout. Jordan Eberle and Mathew Barzal would miss for the Islanders. With the game on his stick, Anthony Beauvillier would score to keep the game going. Jesper Bratt, Jack Hughes, and Pavel Zacha would miss for New Jersey. Oliver Wahlstrom would score to win the game. The Devils would now be winless in 11 games at home.
The Devils play versus the Islanders got better as the game went on. Which is also similar to the three games that the Devils played against the Islanders. New York is an extremely well-rounded hockey team and has a legitimate chance for a long playoff run. The Devils young guns were their best players in the mini-series versus New York. Scott Wedgewood played very well for the Devils in today’s game as well. The Devils penalty kill would be massively successful and kill off all four penalties. New Jersey played one of their better games against a very good hockey team and would earn a point. Next up is Buffalo at Prudential Center!