Islanders and Devils Finish Season Series Tied 2-2
I - NJD 2; NYI 1
II * NYI 5; NJD 4
III - NJD 3; NYI 0
IV - NYI 5; NJD 1
Isles Wreck Devils; Tie Season Series. John Tavares Nets Hat Trick. Evgeni Nabokov Helps Push Long Island By Philadelphia in Atlantic Division Standings.
Brooklyn's foster hockey club played an outstanding game in Long Island last night. In their final regular season meeting, John Tavares and the New York Islanders overwhelmed the first place New Jersey Devils. Long Island out-shot the Devils, threw more hits, had more take-aways, and won more face offs, en route to a 5-1 victory.
With Johan Hedberg in net for New Jersey, the Islanders unleashed a second period barrage led by the John Tavares line. Within a span of 2:20 minutes, John Tavares scored twice, and his line mate, Matt Moulson, added a third goal just before the period ended.
In the third period, Marek Zidlicky scored his first goal of the season, to get New Jersey within two goals. But at the 14:40 mark, John Tavares completed a hat trick by scoring his second power play goal of the evening. Then at 19:25, Michael Grabner got credit for a Devils assisted goal, completing Long Island's 5-1 victory.
John Tavares now has eleven goals in his last ten games. Matt Moulson has seven, and Michael Grabner has six. The Islanders also continued their prowess on the power play, scoring three times in six chances. Only two Eastern Conference teams have more goals than the Islanders. Ivgeni Nabokov was stellar in net. He faced thirty three shots, and allowed only the one second period goal to get by.
The Pittsburgh Penguins did not play Saturday, and so the Devils remain in first place of the Atlantic Division by a point. The Penguins play Sunday. The Devils are off. By virtue of two less losses, the Islanders slipped past the Flyers into fourth place. The Islanders and Devils split their season series with two wins apiece.