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Devils step up after White ejection

by Brian Compton
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- One could have understood if the New Jersey Devils failed to come out victorious on Saturday night.

After all, they entered the game without injured defenseman Paul Martin, then lost veteran Colin White midway through the game when he was ejected for boarding New York Islanders forward Sean Bergenheim from behind at 9:15 of the second period.

And despite allowing two power-play goals during a five-minute disadvantage, the Devils kept their composure and managed to skate away with a 4-2 victory against the red-hot Isles at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. New York had won its previous six games at home.

"I went over to the (penalty) box and I thought I was getting two minutes," White said. "When he said it was a five, I was kind of surprised. But the guys did a great job of battling through it. Obviously, getting the two points was the main thing coming in here, and it was a big two points. It was really good to see."

Kyle Okposo and Jack Hillen scored on the power play for the Islanders, which gave the club a 2-1 lead. But minus White, the Devils allowed only three shots on goal in the third period and broke a 2-2 tie when Bryce Salvador scored with 6:49 remaining.

"They played pretty good," Devils coach Jacques Lemaire said of his remaining defensemen. "I thought they were good with the puck management. They made good plays. They dished the puck to the center a few times. They made the right decisions with the puck."

New Jersey was outshot 14-1 in the second period, with several shots coming during the Islanders' long power play. But the Devils outshot the Isles 13-5 in the first before tilting the rink completely over the final 20 minutes.
"That was a tough kill … I thought we dominated the game at that point," Brodeur said. "They took advantage of it. They have a great power play. We took over the game after that. We didn't let ourselves down because we had a little hiccup in the middle of the game. It was good to come out on top, that's for sure."

Salvador, whose goal was the first by a Devils' defenseman in 2010, said there was no big speech from Lemaire or any of the veterans in the dressing room during the second intermission.

"It was only 2-1, so there was lots of time left in the game," Salvador said. "It's very easy to get discouraged and try to blame the refs and stuff like that. I just liked the way we were playing.

"We obviously didn't get discouraged when we gave up two quick power-play goals. It was a lot of character on the team to pull this one off."

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