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Stanley Cup Final

Moulson scores only shootout goal in sixth round to give Islanders 4-3 SO win over Devils

Friday, 10.04.2013 / 10:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Moulson scores only shootout goal in sixth round to give Islanders 4-3 SO win over Devils

NEWARK, N.J. - Matt Moulson scored the only goal of the shootout in the sixth round and the New York Islanders opened the season with a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves and stopped all six Devils shots in the shootout as the Islanders won a season opener for the first time since 2007.

Michael Grabner scored two goals and set up another by Frans Nielsen for the Islanders.

Recently signed free agent Damien Brunner scored twice for the Devils, while fellow newcomer Michael Ryder had the other.

Martin Brodeur, whose father, Denis, died last week, had 23 saves in his first game of the season. Cory Schneider was in goal in the Devils' 3-0 loss in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Brodeur stopped the Islanders first five shootout attempts before Moulson put a shot just under the crossbar.

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