FINAL
NYI
3
NJD
2
FINAL
PHI
0
NYR
2
FINAL
EDM
2
COL
5
FINAL
WPG
2
BOS
4
FINAL
WSH
1
BUF
5
FINAL OT
PIT
4
MTL
3
FINAL
FLA
1
TBL
5
FINAL
NSH
1
DET
4
FINAL
DAL
0
PHX
3
FINAL
VAN
3
SJS
2
FINAL
CHI
2
LAK
1
NYI
34-37-11
NJD
48-28-6

26 SOG
26 SOG

Grabner helps Islanders escape with first road win

NHL.com | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Michael Grabner scored a shorthanded goal in the third period Saturday afternoon after stripping the puck from Ilya Kovalchuk and the New York Islanders avoided a home-and-home sweep against the New Jersey Devils.

Grabner's goal 5:51 into the third period gave the Islanders a 3-2 victory, but this game might be remembered more for its crazy ending.

New Jersey forward Zach Parise had a goal in the final second disallowed because it was ruled he kicked it in – a decision the Devils captain was not happy about.

"It definitely hit my skate, but is that a kicking motion? I definitely don't think it was," Parise said. "Of course I was angry, and then they make the wrong call."

The game-winning goal was a great play by Grabner. He poked the puck away from Kovalchuk as the New Jersey forward tried to carry it out of his own zone with the Devils on the power play. Grabner collected it and snapped a shot past Martin Broduer for his seventh goal of the season.

New York had lost 14 of 16 games, and all seven on the road before Saturday. The Devils had won four of five, including a 1-0 victory Friday against the Islanders on Long Island.

"Our guys battled," Isles coach Jack Capuano said. "They battled the last nine periods. We did get some breaks tonight. It takes a few breaks to win a game. I'm just glad they got the two points."

Matt Moulson put the Islanders in front at 11:28 of the first period. He collected a drop pass from PA Parenteau and snapped a shot from the right circle past Brodeur for his seventh of the season.

Both of New Jersey's goals came from rookies. Defenseman Adam Larsson scored his second of the season to even the score at one 4:20 into the second period. Kovalchuk dropped the puck to Larsson on a 3-on-2 and he fired a wrist shot from the top of the circles past New York goalie Al Montoya.

Josh Bailey put the Islanders back in front less than eight minutes later. Brian Rolston won a battle in the left corner and found Bailey in front at 11:59 of the middle period.

New Jersey forward Adam Henrique leveled the contest at two 3:59 into the third period with his fifth of the season, but Grabner stole the puck from Kovalchuk and scored less than two minutes later.

"It was nice to get the one," said Grabner, who was also on the ice for both of New Jersey's tallies. "I think we created some offense on the PK, but it's just good that we killed off the penalty."

The Islanders won a faceoff in the final seconds to the right of Montoya, but the Devils regained control and when the puck ended up at the feet of the Islanders goaltender Parise was all alone trying to jam it across the line.

He swiped at it twice with his stick, but the puck went off his skate and in – and the official review determined it was a distinct kicking motion.

"I watched the play and I'm not sure I agree with the decision based on my view of the replays," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. "To me, it wasn't what I would consider a distinct kicking motion."

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.
1st2nd3rdT
NYI
NJD
Scoring Summary
1st Period
11:28NYI Matt Moulson (7) ASST: Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (12), Milan Jurcina (2) 1 - 0 NYI
2nd Period
04:20NJD Adam Larsson (2) ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (8), Adam Henrique (9) 1 - 1 Tie
11:59NYI Josh Bailey (2) ASST: Brian Rolston (3) 2 - 1 NYI
3rd Period
03:59NJD Adam Henrique (5) ASST: Zach Parise (6), Ilya Kovalchuk (9) 2 - 2 Tie
05:51NYI SHG - Michael Grabner (7) ASST: NONE 3 - 2 NYI
Three Stars of the Game
Michael Grabner
1st
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: -1TOI: 18:26
Al Montoya
2nd
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
GA: 2EV: 22-24
PIM: 0PP: 2-2
SV%: .923SH: 0-0
Martin Brodeur
3rd
SA: 26TOI: 58:28
GA: 3EV: 18-20
PIM: 0PP: 2-2
SV%: .885SH: 3-4
Penalty Summary
1st Period
16:08NJD Bryce Salvador  Boarding against  Matt Moulson
2nd Period
05:44NYI Josh Bailey  Hi-sticking against  Mattias Tedenby
3rd Period
05:34NYI Josh Bailey  Hooking against  Dainius Zubrus
09:01NYI Michael Grabner  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
14:19NJD Ilya Kovalchuk  Unsportsmanlike conduct
shots by period
PeriodNYINJD
1st75
2nd109
3rd912
Total2626
Team Stats
CategoryNYINJD
Power Plays0/20/3
Hits89
Faceoff Wins2824
Giveaways310
Takeaways40
Blocked Shots813
Penalty Minutes64
  • NY ISLANDERS
  • NEW JERSEY
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2M. StreitD0004022:35
3T. HamonicD0010025:36
10M. MottauD00-1109:10
11B. RolstonR0112014:13
12J. BaileyL1012415:15
15P. ParenteauR0102018:58
17M. MartinL000308:48
18M. HaleyC000006:30
21K. OkposoR00-12016:55
24S. StaiosD00-10018:51
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29J. PandolfoL0000010:48
40M. GrabnerR10-15218:26
41D. UllstromL0011011:12
47A. MacDonaldD0020026:33
51F. NielsenC0010018:32
91J. TavaresC00-11018:46
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35A. Montoya2426.92360:00
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6A. GreeneD00-10016:42
7H. TallinderD0000020:34
8D. ZubrusR0003020:46
9Z. PariseL0102020:31
11B. MillsC000005:39
14A. HenriqueC1103018:34
15P. SykoraR0003018:37
17I. KovalchukR0204223:41
18T. SestitoL00-11012:40
20R. CarterL000109:59
21M. TedenbyR00-11012:26
23D. ClarksonR00-21015:58
24B. SalvadorD0011215:47
25C. JanssenR000105:40
26P. EliasL0001020:10
28A. VolchenkovD0011016:00
29M. FayneD00-11023:02
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30M. Brodeur2326.88558:28