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Ryan Strome sparks Islanders past Devils

New York forward scores two goals to help salvage home-and-home split

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Ryan Strome had two goals and one assist to help the New York Islanders to a 6-4 win against the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center on Sunday.

Casey Cizikas, Andrew Ladd, John Tavares and Jason Chimera also scored and Jean-Francois Berube made 26 saves for New York (27-21-10), which salvaged a home-and-home series split following a 3-2 loss at the Devils on Saturday.

"I thought we played a hard game, were tough to play against and we went to the front of the net," Strome said. "In our loss [Saturday], we didn't have enough bodies in front. [Cory Schneider] saw the shots easily; we got in front and it paid off tonight."

 

WATCH: All Devils vs. Islanders highlights 

 

The Islanders extended their home-point streak to 11 games (9-0-2), their longest since 1982.

Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists, Miles Wood, Kyle Palmieri and Joseph Blandisi scored, and Keith Kinkaid made 26 saves for New Jersey (25-24-10).

Kinkaid made his first start since a 5-2 loss against the Washington Capitals on Jan. 26.

Video: NJD@NYI: Strome nets his second of the night

"That game is on me," Kinkaid said. "I couldn't make a save. I have to make those big saves. I was a little off; maybe that's from not playing but there's no excuses, I just have to be better."

Tavares scored a power-play goal 26 seconds into the third period to give the Islanders a 5-3 lead before Chimera scored off a slap shot from the right circle 34 seconds later.

Hall scored a power-play goal at 8:37 to pull the Devils within 6-4.

The Islanders and Devils combined for five goals in the second period when New York took a 4-3 lead.

Cizikas scored at 2:44, Strome at 9:32, and Ladd shorthanded at 11:59 to make it 4-1. The Devils pulled to within one on goals by Palmieri at 13:21 and Blandisi at 17:55.

"These were two of the more physical games we've had all year," Islanders coach Doug Weight said. "I felt we played better on Saturday, but so did the Devils. We had some big plays at the right times from guys. It was physical and it was hard hockey. There will be ice bags after this weekend."

The Devils took a 1-0 lead when Wood scored a power-play goal off a tic-tac-toe passing play with Palmieri and Hall 9:15 into the first. Strome tied it on a shot from the slot at 14:33.

 

Goal of the game

Ladd scored his 16th of the season on a wrist shot from the right circle that beat Kinkaid inside the far post for a 4-1 lead. "A lot of people had us written off early in the year but we had confidence," Ladd said. "We're still fighting for our lives. We have to find ways to win."

Video: NJD@NYI: Ladd pads Isles' lead with nifty SHG

 

Save of the game

Nineteen seconds after Strome scored to make it 1-1, Kinkaid made a tremendous save with his left arm while diving across the crease to deny Josh Bailey.

Video: NJD@NYI: Kinkaid lunges across crease to rob Bailey

 

Highlight of the game

The Islanders took a 2-1 lead in the second when Cizikas took a pass from Stephen Gionta in the right-wing corner, carried the puck behind the net and scored off a wraparound. "When I first had it I tried to shield him off and my first thought was take it to the net," Cizikas said. "I was kind of happy when I saw it go in. It was a big goal at the time."

Video: NJD@NYI: Cizikas beats Kinkaid with wraparound

 

Unsung performance of the game

Cizikas not only scored his first goal in six games, but also had three hits, one blocked shot and finished 7 of 12 on faceoffs (58 percent).

 

They said it

"We don't blame our goalie at all around here. That's one area that has been very consistent. We've got to do a better job of keeping shots to the outside and limiting their chances and not relying on our goalie so much." -- Devils forward Taylor Hall

 

"We need the same attitude on the road as we have at home; there's no secret to it. We need to play that speed and grinding game, get pucks in, roll four lines, and really wear teams down. That's when we're at our best and whether its home or on road, that's the mentality we have to have." -- Islanders forward Andrew Ladd

 

Need to know

Devils forward Michael Cammalleri was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. ... The Islanders open a franchise-record nine-game road trip at Detroit on Tuesday. ... Tavares has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in the past 11 homes games. ... Strome has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in the past 10 games.

 

What's next

Devils: Host the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, RDS2, TSN5, NHL.TV)

Islanders: At the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, MSG+ 2, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Strome leads Islanders to 6-4 win against Devils

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