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Nielsen scores in regulation and shootout, Islanders top Devils 2-1

Saturday, 03.29.2014 / 10:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Nielsen scores in regulation and shootout, Islanders top Devils 2-1

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Frans Nielsen scored in the second period and then added a goal in the shootout to lift the New York Islanders to a 2-1 victory over the playoff-hopeful New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.

Nielsen scored in the first round, and Brock Nelson added a goal in the second against New Jersey's Cory Schneider to hand the Devils their 14th straight shootout loss — 0-10 this season. Anders Nilsson turned aside Adam Henrique, who scored in regulation, and Patrik Elias to win it.

The Devils earned one point, but are still behind several teams in the Eastern Conference playoff race with eight games left. They are 2-4-2 in their last eight.

Nielsen gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead early in the second before Henrique tied it.

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