Solid Start to the Season: New Jersey Devils Beat the New York Islanders

New Jersey Devils vs New York Islanders

Many questions are looming for this season, however today’s win can hopefully ease the worry. With a shortened season New Jersey has to come out of the gate strong and today was a solid start. Brodeur’s age didn’t seem to matter as he looked sharp stopping 18 of 19 shots. He was quick and looked focused. As usual, Marty was positioning himself well and challenging the Islanders shooters.

In the first period Brodeur was able to ease into the game as the Devils D held the Islanders to 3 shots on goal. That included holding the Islanders from scoring on their first power play of the night for Bryce Salvador’s cross checking early in the period. The Devils finished the 1st period with 9 shots on goal.

Martin Brodeur stayed strong in the second keeping it tied at 0 after he made a solid save on Ullstrom. The Devils first goal of the season came late in the 2nd with a goal from Zajac. Not only is Zajac happy to be a Devil for the next 8 years but he was really thankful for that great “sauce” pass from Kovalchuk to open New Jersey’s scoring. Steve Bernier, Ryan Carter and Stephen Gionta had a pretty good game, generating a few scoring chances themselves in the second period.  They were strong on the fore-check and made smart simple plays to keep the pressure off of our D. That line tallied 6 shots for the night.

New Jersey carried a 1-0 lead into the third period. However, five minutes into the period Henrik Tallinder took a hooking penalty that wound up putting the Islanders on the board. The goal for the Islanders came from Travis Hamonic. New Jersey didn’t hesitate and answered 53 seconds later. Mattias Tedenby made a pass to Elias entering the offensive zone, as Elias moved to Nabokov’s left side he dropped a pass to Clarkson who was able to put the puck between Nabokov’s legs. That turned out to be the game winner. Clarkson picked up where he left off last season with a team high of 7 game winning goals. Martin Brodeur won his 657 win, on his 18 consecutive season opener.

The team looked well rested and ready to play. They produced 28 shots on goal and killed off 3 powerplays.  The big story going into the game was Stefan Matteau’s first NHL game. He played well tallying 3 shots on goal. Matteau however, only had 7 minutes of ice time. Kovalchuk logged 20 minutes of icetime, which showed his stamina from playing 30 games in the KHL during the lock-out. I personally liked how Mattias Tedenby played. If he can play well on both sides of the puck consistently he may be able to hold onto a NHL spot this season.

Here is the recap for anyone that missed the game:

Check out the Devils website for last nights box score to see who else led the team in ice-time and points. The New Jersey Devils(1-0) host the Philadelphia Flyers (0-1) on home ice Tuesday, January 22nd. The game will most likely be a sell out so try and pick up your tickets now.

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Posted on January 20, 2013, in Game Recap, New Jersey Devils and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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