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Devils use three-goal third period outburst to bury Islanders

November 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Coming into the third period, the Devils held a slim, one-goal lead over the New York Islanders.

The team exploded for three goals in two minutes and defeat the Islanders, 6-1, Saturday afternoon at the Prudential Center.

The six goals equal a season-high for the Devils this season.

Patrick Elias began the scoring at 10:30 of the third period during a 5-on-3 powerplay. Travis Zajac passed the puck to Brian Rolston at the point, who faked a shot and passed the puck to Elias. Elias ripped a one-timer from the right circle for the goal and a 3-1 lead.

Parise followed with his own goal 1:24 later in the period. Parise tapped a rebound from Andy Greene behind Biron to push the lead to 4-1. The goal also extended Parise’s career-best point streak to 10 games.

Rolston added his second goal at 12:32 of the game to make it 5-1. Rolston collected the rebound of a Mike Mottau shot and shot the puck into the open net for his eighth goal of the season.

Elias and Rolston both collected four points (2 G, 2 A) in the game.

Islanders right winger Richard Park began the scoring at 11:18 of the first period. Park carried the puck into the Devils zone and ripped a slap shot from the point. The puck deflected off Devils defenseman Mark Fraser’s stick and beat Martin Brodeur over the shoulder for his second goal of the season.

The Devils quickly tied the game 54 seconds into the second period on a Mottau goal. The defenseman took the puck behind the net and tried to pass it to the front. The puck bounced off the skate of Islanders defenseman Mark Streit and past Biron for the goal.

After recording no points in his first 24 games, Mottau recorded two points in this game with one goal and one assist.

After allowing 10 shots and no goals in the first, the Islanders allowed 32 shots and six goals in the second and third periods in the loss.

With the win, the Devils move, temporarily, into first-place in the Eastern Conference with 35 points. They play their next game Wednesday night against Vancouver at the Prudential Center.


Live Game Blog: Elias’ second goal of the game extends Devils lead over the Isles, 6-1, in third period (11/28/09)

November 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Elias’ second goal of the game at 19:15 upped the Devils lead to 6-1 over the Islanders at the Prudential Center.

After a turnover at center ice, Elias skated the puck into the zone and ripped a wrist shot past the right pad of Biron for his second goal of the game.

Elias and Rolston both finished with a four point night (2 G, 2 A).

Rolston’s second goal of the game at 12:32 upped the Devils lead to 5-1.┬áMike Mottau’s shot deflected off Mark Streit and came to Rolston, who fired the puck into an open net for his eighth goal of the season. Rolston also has two assist in the game.

After having no points on the season, Mottau now has two in this game (1 G, 1 A).

Parise’s goal at 11:54 upped the Devils lead to 4-1. Greene put a shot on net, and Parise took three wacks a the rebound, and the third one trickled in off of Biron’s skate for the goal.

That extends Parise’s scoring streak to 10 games. The Devils record is 15 games, set by Brian Gionta.

Patrick Elias tallied a 5-on-3 powerplay goal to extend the Devils lead to, 3-1 earlier in the period.

The powerplay unit once again put pressure on the Isles penalty kill, leading to the Elias goal. Devils center Travis Zajac fed the puck from below the goal line back to Rolston at the point. After faking a slap shot, Rolston fed the puck to Elias, who was near the faceoff dot in the right circle, for a one-time shot. The puck beat Biron over the left shoulder for the goal.

Elias has a goal and two assists in the game.

There were a few tense moments in the Devils third penalty-kill of the night (5:06), but they were able to kill it off and keep the Islanders PP scoreless.

The Devils are going on a 5-on-3 PP opportunity for 1:50 at 10:30 in the period. The Devils are 1-for-8 on these opportunities this season.

Yesterday, the Isles killed off a 55 second 5-on-3 against the Penguins, which was seen to be the turning point of the game.

Right winger Brian Rolston’s PP goal at 12:06 in the second period put the Devils ahead, 2-1.

Rolston’s goal came from solid work by the Devils’ PP unit. Jamie Langenbrunner faked a shot from the point, instead passing it to Patrick Elias below the goal line. Elias passed the puck to a wide-open Rolston in front, who put the shot off Biron’s left pad for his seventh goal of the season.

The Devils outshot the Isles, 16-12, in the second period. The Devils lead the overall shot totals, 26-19.

Rookie right winger Matt Halischuk should probably have three goals tonight, but hasn’t been able to find the net. With 44 seconds left in the second period, Halischuk deflected a point shot from Greene past Biron, and it was originally signaled a goal. In the official review, however, the referee’s disallowed the goal after seeing the puck bounce off the post and come back out.

The Devils continue to get the better scoring chances this period, but haven’t been able to cash in. At 8:17 in the period, Devils defenseman Andy Greene ripped a shot from point that Langenbrunner deflected. The puck got behind Biron, but the hit the post and rolled away.

After putting up his arms to celebrate, Langenbrunner had to skate quickly off the ice to complete a line change.

The Devils have had the better opportunities this period, the most recent coming on a short breakaway by Halischuk. Halischuk took a puck from the blue line and brought it alone. He shot the puck glove side, but Biron got a piece of his glove on it and the puck went back to the sideboards.

Mike Mottau scored 54 seconds into the second period to tie the game at one. Mottau carried the puck behind the net and threw it in front, where it bounced of the skate of Islanders defenseman Mark Streit and under the pad of Biron for the goal.

The goal is Mottau’s first point of the year.

The Devils almost took the lead shortly after the Mottau goal. ┬áZharkov took a shot from just above the right circle that was kicked away by Biron. The puck came right to Dean McAmmond, who wristed a shot off the post. The puck ended up on Biron’s shoulder, and the puck fell behind him as he went down to the ice.

The Devils are currently outshooting the Isles, 4-0, in the second period (14:56).

Richard Park gave the Isles the lead on a first period goal. Park carried the puck in on the rush and let go a wrist shot from the right circle that deflected off the stick of Devils defenseman Mark Fraser and went over Martin Brodeur’s shoulder.

The goal was Park’s second of the year.

The Devils had a chance to take an early lead, but they could not put the puck home. Rookie winger Matt Halischuk received a bouncing puck from behind the net and had an open net, but hit the left post. Vladmir Zharkov had a second opportunity, but he shot into the chest of Isles goalie Martin Biron.

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