04 March 2012
The Islanders head into a three-day break with a 1-0 win over the New Jersey Devils. Islander rookie goaltender Anders Nilsson earned his first career NHL win and stopped 25 shots in the shootout.
It would take until the second period for either side to put a point on the board. At the 2:39 mark of the second period, Kyle okposo was able to fire a shot past the glove of Martin Brodeur for the games only goal.
During the period the Islanders were able to draw three power play chances, the third came late in the period and spilled over to the third, but couldn’t convert.
John Tavares nearly added an empty net goal late in the third period, but hit the side of the net trying to get a shot off quickly with Devil players closing in. A play earlier, PA Parenteu was beat to a puck that he could have put into the empty net.
After the jump some post game thoughts.- Anders Nilsson had a much better game than his first outing several months back. Of course, he wasn’t facing Sidney Crosby and didn’t have the eyes of the NHL upon him. But he did shutout a good New Jersey Devils team. The Devils did not put too much pressure on him and even when they did start to get things going their way late in the game, Nilsson remained strong. With all of that being said, it is still way to early to judge if he deserves to stay at the NHL level.
- The Islanders played a very strong defensive game this afternoon. They made sure to get in front of the Devils shooters and prevented them from getting too many quality chances.
- David Ullstrom continues to impress me with his play. Today he, again, showed why deserves to be with the Islanders using his speed to drive to the net and nearly put one past Martin Brodeur.
- The win moved the Islanders five games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They have a three-day break between today and their next match up against the Devils and the standings will likely change between now and then. But the win keeps the Islanders in the playoff conversation for the time being.
Post Game Interviews
Post Game “Must Reads”
Islanders Hold on Against Devils, 1-0 - Associated Press
Anders Nilsson’s 1st Win, NHL Shutout - Lighthouse Hockey
Islanders 1, Devils 0 - New York IslandersIslanders Rookie Anders Nilsson Shuts Out Devils, 1-0 - Newsday
Anders Nilsson Makes History as NYI Blank Devils - Examiner.com
Nilsson and Okposo Help Isles Blank Devils - The Checking Line