The New York Islanders took care of business on Monday night, beating a New Jersey Devils split-squad lineup 3-0 at Barclays Center.
Brock Nelson, Mathew Barzal and Johnny Boychuk scored for the Islanders and that's all Thomas Greiss needed, as he turned aside all 25 shots for a shutout in his first full preseason game.
From top to bottom, the Islanders played a strong game on Monday night. They started early with Nelson's opening goal and eventual winner 1:11 into the contest and never looked back. They outshot the Devils 45-25, out-chanced them and even played keep away with a couple of extended cycles, notably a long 6-on-5 stretch in the third on a Devils' delayed penalty.
"Overall pretty good," captain John Tavares said of his team's performance. "We drew a lot of penalties and had the puck for most of the night. We had some good looks."
With the win, the Islanders improve to 4-0-2 in preseason play. They're off until Friday night when they travel up to Buffalo to take on the Sabres.
Mathew Barzal provided the highlight of the night, corralling the puck at the Islanders' blue line before wheeling all the way up the left wing and roofing the puck over a diving Keith Kinkaid.
Video: NJD@NYI: Barzal shows off speed and shot on PPG
It was Barzal's third of the preseason and perhaps his most impressive, as he showed off his acceleration, vision and ability to finish.
"I'm just trying to work hard and take advantage of the opportunity that they're giving me right now," Barzal said. "They're putting me in some key situations, playing the power play and stuff, so just trying to make the most of it and do everything right."
GREISS SHUTS THE DOOR:
Thomas Greiss was rock solid on Monday night, as the Islanders goaltender earned his first win and shutout of the preseason. He wasn't the busiest goalie on Monday, but was there when the Islanders needed him, making an impressive backdoor save on Jimmy Hayes with under a minute to go in the second period to keep their momentum heading into the third. He also came up with a sound breakaway save on Nick Lappin.
Video: NJD@NYI: Greiss lunges to stone Hayes on the doorstep
With the shutout, Greiss has stopped 42-of-43 shots in five periods this preseason, keeping pace with Jaroslav Halak, who has stopped 56-of-57 over the same span.
"Our goaltenders have led the charge in training camp," Weight said. "I'm pretty excited about that part of the game."