Isles’ Power Play Takes Win in OT: Devils Still Undefeated in Regulation
Devils played the roller coaster type of game that they didn’t want. The team was consistently trying to catch up rather than staying ahead. Tallinder was interviewed after being down 1-0 at the end of 1 and stated that they needed to return to their style of hockey. Tallinder was also able to tally a goal to help even the game up in the second at 3.
New Jersey spent a lot of time in the penalty box. Justified or not, the Devils have already given up 29 power play opportunities to opposing teams this season. That is the biggest reason they lost, as the Islanders were able to score 3 power play goals; 1 of those goals being the game winner in OT. 5 on 5 play, the Devils jumped out on the Islanders early getting the first 8 of 9 shots on goal. New Jersey just wasn’t able to put one past Nabokov early. Their momentum shifted and the game turned into the run and gun style after they surrendered the first PP goal to the Islanders. It happened to be Tavares 1st goal of the season, which ended his 15 game scoreless streak.
Even though the Devils have not lost in regulation, the team has missed out on 3 points. It’s not all doom and gloom, their were definitely positives that can come out of the game. The two Adams returned to the lineup. It was the first time this season that either Larson or Henrique have seen NHL ice-time. Larsson made his presence felt, first, helping set up Tallinder’s goal, but then tipping a shot from the Islanders that resulted in their 4th goal of the game. Adam Henrique had minimal practice with the team and was able to return to the lineup like he never left. Deboer spoke before the game about Henrique possibly having reduced ice time and playing on the 4th line. All in an attempt to ‘ease’ him back into the game. That didn’t last long as Henrique returned to the top line with Kovy and Zajac, before the game was through. Henrique also didn’t loose his big time goal touch, as he score within the last 5 minutes of the 3rd to push the game to OT.
Another positive was the effort by the third line. That line accounted for two big goals as the Devils quickly answered the Islanders second PP goal. Bernier recorded the Devils’ first goal 32 seconds after Aucoin’s power play tally. The third line applied such great pressure, Deboer put them back out on the ice and Carter scored a few minutes later to tie the game at 2.
Matt Anderson only logged 4 and a half minutes of Ice time but he returned to the lineup for the second straight game. Tonight he was able to record his first NHL point as he had the primary assist in Carter’s goal.
Scoring for New Jersey:
Bernier (1), assisted by Gionta (1) & Carter (1)
Carter (1), assisted by Anderson (1) & Gionta (2)
Tallinder (1) assisted by Zajac (1)
Henrique (1) assisted by Clarkson (4) & Zubrus (2)
1. B. Boyles
2. R. Carter
3. John Tavares
New Jersey’s next game is Saturday, 1PM at Pittsburgh.