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New Jersey at New York

Streaking Devils win again, beat Islanders in SO

CBSSports.com wire reports
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Brian Rolston and Ilya Kovalchuk made sure the surging New Jersey Devils earned a full two points in their improbable push for a playoff spot.

Rolston and Kovalchuk each had a goal and an assist in regulation and added shootout goals, with Rolston netting the winner in the sixth round in the Devils' 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday.

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"I find the shootouts to be tougher because there's more pressure on you," Rolston said.

The Devils are 20-2-2 in their last 24 games to improve to 30-31-4. They are seven points behind eighth-place Carolina in the race for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Blake Comeau tied it for New York with 3:42 left in regulation, firing a loose puck from the low slot past Martin Brodeur for his 18th goal this season.

Kovalchuk broke a 1-1 tie with a goal at 2:52 of the final period when he moved in and beat Al Montoya over his glove with a high wrist shot.

"We got a lot of chances today," Kovalchuk said. "I just go out there and try to do my best."

Brodeur stopped 20 shots.

Josh Bailey also scored for the Islanders, and Montoya made 27 saves.

"There are times where you're going to get frustrated," Islanders center Frans Neilsen said. "You have to hold your head high and not get frustrated."

New Jersey opened the scoring at 4:09 of the second period, and just 9 seconds into their first power play. Kovalchuk fed the puck to Rolston at the point, and he let loose a slap shot that beat a screened Montoya.

Rolston praised Montoya.

"He's played very well for them," Rolston said. "We knew that coming in, and we were trying to figure out how to beat him."

The Islanders tied it with less than 3 minutes left in the period on their second power play. Bailey, standing in the right circle, took a shot that Brodeur stopped, but the rebound left a trail of bodies scrambling. Bailey moved in and found an open net to put it home.

Notes

  • D Milan Jurcina returned to the Islanders' lineup following a groin injury.
  • Devils forward David Clarkson's wife gave birth to a girl (McKinnley) on Friday morning.
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Martin Brodeur blocks a shot by the Islanders' P.A. Parenteau during the Devils' 3-2 shootout win. (AP)
Martin Brodeur blocks a shot by the Islanders' P.A. Parenteau during the Devils' 3-2 shootout win. (AP)
Scoreboard
New Jersey  (30-31-4) «01101 (2)3
NY Islanders (25-32-10)01100 (1)2
Three Stars
I. Kovalchuk
NJ


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
B. Comeau
NYI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
J. Bailey
NYI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
04:09Power Play - Brian Rolston (12), Slap Shot. Assist: Kovalchuk, Zajac
17:06Power Play - Josh Bailey (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Parenteau, Okposo
3RD PERIOD
02:52 - Ilya Kovalchuk (24), Snap Shot. Assist: Josefson, Volchenkov
16:18 - Blake Comeau (18), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
OT
None
SHOOTOUT
  - Frans Nielsen (4), GOAL
  - Ilya Kovalchuk (2), GOAL
  - Brian Rolston (1), GOAL
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:00Zubrus, 2 min, Tripping
2ND PERIOD
04:00Gervais, 2 min, Hooking
12:58MacDonald, 2 min, Diving/Embellishment
12:58Zubrus, 2 min, Tripping
15:54Greene, 2 min, Cross-Checking
3RD PERIOD
32.0Fayne, 2 min, Slashing
OT
None
SHOOTOUT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
NJ810927
NYI47718
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGASO SSO GA
Martin Brodeur 65:0020261
Al Montoya 64:5527262
Game Information
Attendance - 15893
Referees - David Banfield, Don Van Massenhoven
Linesmen - Steve Barton, Greg Devorski
 
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