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Islanders score three in first period, stifle Devils

Hold New Jersey to 17 shots for 13th win in 16 games

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Dal Colle's first career goal

NJD@NYI: Dal Colle tips in first NHL goal

Michael Dal Colle redirects Scott Mayfield's deflected shot into the net to notch the first goal of his NHL career

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Anders Lee scored two goals, and the New York Islanders held the New Jersey Devils to 17 shots for their third straight win, 4-1 at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday.

Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist, Michael Dal Colle scored his first NHL goal, and Nick Leddy had two assists for New York (27-15-4), which has won 13 of its past 16 games. Robin Lehner made 16 saves for his 10th win in his past 11 games.

"We take it day by day," Lee said. "You don't look ahead at anything and you continue to just get back to work. As awesome as it's been and as great as it's been, nothing's happened. We still have a lot of hockey left. We're just trying to continue to get better every day."

 

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Andy Greene scored, and Mackenzie Blackwood made 22 saves for New Jersey (18-22-7), which has lost five of its past seven games and has allowed at least four goals in five of its past six.

"We have to continue to work on being stronger in front of our net. That's something we've talked about," Devils coach John Hynes said. "We've got to do a better job coaching the guys, we've got to have guys that are willing to play in that area of the ice and take pride in that area of the ice."

The Islanders scored three goals on five shots in the first period.

Lee gave them a 1-0 lead at 5:48 when he redirected Leddy's shot from the left point.

Dal Colle made it 2-0 at 9:19 when he parked in front of the net and got his stick on Scott Mayfield's low slap shot from the right point.

"I can't really describe it," said Dal Colle, the No. 5 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. "I've envisioned it for so long, ever since I started playing when I was like 4. All the work I've put in and all the sacrifices my family's made for me to be able to play this game, I think it's just a special moment for my family."

Eberle scored a power-play goal at 15:12 when he took a pass from Leddy and roofed a wrist shot from the left face-off circle to make it 3-0.

Video: NJD@NYI: Eberle rips shot past Blackwood for PPG

New Jersey outshot New York 6-5 in the first period, but the Islanders responded by outshooting the Devils 12-4 in the second.

"We got on them early," New York coach Barry Trotz said. "One of the things you want to do is pull the life out of them after the first period. We just played the right way with the lead."

Greene ended Lehner's shutout at 7:07 of the third period on a redirection of Damon Severson's shot from the point to make it 3-1.

Lee scored his second of the game into an empty net with 2:09 remaining for the 4-1 final. He leads the Islanders with 18 goals.

"We really did take control in the second period there and broke them down a little bit," Lee said. "But you've got to give them credit; you see how they rebounded. Three-goal leads are tricky. Obviously, you talk about them all the time. They get that one, and all of a sudden it's a close game. We just kind of had to stick with it and get back to where we were, and we did a great job."

Video: NJD@NYI: Lee deflects shot past Blackwood

 

They said it

"We know they're a very strong forecheck team and they have a heavy net presence. When that happens … we lost positioning two times there on the first two and gave them two easy goals. It's as simple as that. We've got to make sure we first at least get sticks, and then get body position. We lost both there." -- Devils captain Andy Greene

 

"We stuck with our game plan for 60 minutes. We didn't try to get cute, we didn't try to go up the middle and do these stupid hope plays. We didn't give them much, and that's what we've got to keep on doing." -- Islanders goalie Robin Lehner

 

Need to know

Devils forward Blake Coleman had a five-game point streak end. … New Jersey's inability to clear the puck out of its zone during a stretch in the second period led to shifts that lasted longer than three minutes for defensemen Sami Vatanen (3:15) and Greene (3:03), and center Travis Zajac (3:03). Coleman stayed on the ice for 2:53. … Trotz said Dal Colle was initially supposed to be a healthy scratch before forward Tom Kuhnhackl became ill. … The Islanders have allowed two or fewer goals in seven of their past 10 games. … Eberle has a three-game point streak (four points; two goals, two assists). … Lee has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past eight games.

 
What's next

Devils: Host the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; SN, MSG+, PRIME, NHL.TV)

Islanders: At the Washington Capitals on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN1, SNE, NBCSWA, MSG+, NHL.TV)

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