GAME STORY: Devils 4, Islanders 3
Jesper Boqvist's two power-play goals help the Devils beat the New York Islanders 4-3 in pre-season actionby Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott / NewJerseyDevils.com
NEWARK, NJ - Jesper Boqvist scored two power-play goals and Nico Hischier had three assists in a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders at Prudential Center on Saturday night.
Boqvist opened scoring at 2:39 of the first period on the power play. Boqvist jumped on a loose puck out in front and buried it for the 1-0 lead. Hischier and Jesper Bratt recorded the two assists.
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Boqvist appears to be getting better at making plays in tight areas.
"I can create more chances, I think," he said. "You have a little bit more time [to make more plays]. I think that will come when I get even more comfortable."
Leo Komarov tied the game up at 14:25 of the first frame. But every time the Islanders made moves, the Devils responded.
Nikita Gusev scored his second goal of the pre-season at 8:31 of the second to put New Jersey on top 2-1. He roofed a backhand past the goaltender on a rush down the ice. Hischier recorded his second assist of the night on the goal.
Mathew Barzal got the Islanders back to even at 10:19 of the middle frame, but - again - the Devils responded.
Will Butcher was the goal-scorer this time for New Jersey, rifling a shot through from the top of the circle at 16:50 of the second. Hischier notched his third assist of the game on that goal and Gusev also had a helper.
The Islanders would get yet another equalizer, this time from Otto Koivula at 5:59 of the third period, which made it a 3-3 game headed down the home stretch.
Just as he started the scoring, Boqvist finished it with a power-play goal. He potted the eventual game-winner at 15:57 of the final period of play.
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"He's a player who wants to be on the team, for sure," said Hischier. "You see him step up in big moments and not every player can do that."
Devils goaltender Cory Schneider made a whopping 42 saves in three periods of action.
"He looked so comfortable and calm back there," said Hischier. "It's great to see. We probably have to work for him a little bit harder... big, big performance, for sure."