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Barzal’s Third-Period Goal Lifts Islanders Over Devils


NEW YORK (AP) — Mathew Barzal scored with lower than 5 minutes left within the third interval to push the New York Islanders over the New Jersey Devils 3-2 Thursday night time.

Josh Bailey and Adam Pelech scored and Zach Parise added two assists for the Islanders. Last-place New York prolonged its level streak to 5 video games (4-0-1). Ilya Sorokin made 30 saves and picked up his ninth win of the season.

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“It’s huge,” Barzal mentioned. “Everyone knows where we’re at in the standings. We have a lot games in hands, we have to start winning hockey games. … It was a good team win.”

Yegor Sharangovich and Nathan Bastian scored as New Jersey misplaced for the third time in 4 video games. Jon Gillies made 22 saves in his first begin since Dec. 19.

Lane Lambert led the Islanders behind the bench with coach Barry Trotz in COVID-19 protocol. Brock Nelson returned after lacking the earlier two video games.

Andreas Johnsson, Sharangovich and Pavel Zacha returned to the Devils’ lineup after being faraway from COVID-19 protocols earlier this week.

Barzal broke a 2-2 tie with a one-time shot from the slot at 15:07 of the third interval. Bailey delivered an ideal contact go to arrange the deciding purpose.

“It’s been a challenging first 20-something games for us as a group,” Parise mentioned. “Now, we are close to getting a full lineup back. … We are playing some good hockey, we’re finding some different ways to win. Special teams are coming together. We are getting back to that stingy hockey we are comfortable playing.”

Bastian deflected Ty Smith’s shot from the purpose throughout an influence play to tie it at 2 at 10:25 of the third interval.

“We had plenty of opportunities to get the tying goal,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff mentioned. ”We performed the proper method.”

Sharangovich opened the scoring halfway by means of the primary interval and prolonged his goal-scoring streak to 4 video games.

“I think we played well, skated well,” Bastian mentioned. “We were right there until the last second. It would have been nice to get a point.”

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ALL-STAR NOMINATIONS

Prior to puck drop, Devils ahead Jack Hughes and Pelech had been named NHL All-Stars. They will characterize the Metropolitan Division on Feb. 4-5 in Las Vegas. Islanders ahead Mathew Barzal and Devils ahead Jesper Bratt might be on the poll for the final males in competitors the place followers vote for the ultimate 4 skaters from an inventory of 32 candidates.

EMERGENCY BACKUP

Kyle Shapiro, 28, served as an emergency backup goalie for the Devils on Thursday with Mackenzie Blackwood and Akira Schmid in COVID-19 protocols. Shapiro performed NCAA Division III hockey on the University of Southern Maine and New England College and is an assistant with the New Jersey Titans of the North American Hockey League. Shapiro turned the fourth emergency goalie to hitch an NHL group this season.

INJURY UPDATES

Islanders ahead Kyle Palmieri participated within the Islanders’ morning skate however has not been activated from injured reserve. … New York defenseman Ryan Pulock has begun skating on his personal since sustaining a lower-body harm in the midst of November, however he was positioned in COVID-19 protocol earlier this week.

SCHEDULING QUIRKS

The Islanders have performed simply 4 video games since mid-December because of eight coronavirus-related postponements. However, New York might be busy with 10 video games within the subsequent 19 days, 9 of which might be performed at house.

UP NEXT:

Islanders: Host Washington on Saturday afternoon

Devils: Host Arizona on Wednesday.

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