Islanders finds Plenty of Points in 5-1 victory over Devils

New York, NY - On his second day back with the team Josh Bailey recorded two goals to lead the New York Islanders (8-18-6) defeat the New Jersey Devils (9-23-2) in hockey action on Thursday night.

Bailey (5) tallied the first Islanders goal at the 3:09 mark tallying a wrister for the early 1-0 lead in the first period of play. The center would make the score 2-0 in favor of the Islanders netting a power play goal at the 5:39 mark. New York would keep the pedal to the medal and add on to their lead at the 11:00 mark on a Jon Tavares (10) slap shot at the 11:00 mark for the 3-0 lead.

The Devils would spoil the shutout bid being posted by Islanders keeper Dwayne Roloson at the 1:21 mark of the second period as Travis Zajac (4) recorded a wrist shot, which cut the Islanders lead to 3-1. New York would later on in the frame add to their lead on a short handed goal by Frans Nielsen (5) as he was able to record a wrist shot at the 10:43 mark, to give the Islanders the 4-1 edge.

Blake Comeau (7) would add the icing to the Islanders victory at the 3:15 mark of the third period of play tallying the final goal of the game on a slap shot that went past Devils keeper Martin Brodeur. The Islanders now have continued to build on the positive momentum, while the Devils continue to fall in spite of a change in coaches.

In the cages Roloson finished off a stellar night making 34 saves, while Brodeur finished with nine saves for the Devils.

The Islanders will look to continue their positive momentum, but will have a very tough test as they host the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday night, with the face-off slated for 7:00 p.m. New Jersey will stay at home to host the always tough Toronto Maple Leafs, as these two teams also have a 7:00 p.m. Sunday night face-off.



George Prax's picture

So the Devils hastily change their coach 3 days before Christmas, rush Jacques Lemaire away from Montreal and away from his family during the holidays, throw him behind the bench hours before a game, and they still lose 5-1. Incredible.

George Prax's picture

*To the other worst team in the league, no less.

Stacy Podelski's picture

agreed George this is a move they should have made much sooner, but what can you do. Normally a team which prides itself on great management is being mismanaged this year.