NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Islanders have been acquiring great goaltending from Thomas Greiss and Robin Lehner recently and they truly necessary it the way Cory Schneider performed for the New Jersey Devils in his to start with recreation in approximately two months.
Josh Bailey scored in the fourth round of the shootout, Greiss produced 30 saves and the Islanders defeat the Devils 2-1 on Thursday evening to sweep the four-recreation time series.
“I assume likely into the recreation it currently provides you an edge even in advance of the puck even drops obtaining that self-confidence in your goaltender and tonight was no unique,” Bailey claimed. “(Greiss) was there when we necessary him most and he produced some truly important saves, some timely saves and tricky saves. He’s the to start with star for us tonight, for sure.”
Mathew Barzal scored in regulation to enable New York earn for the seventh time in 10 video games (7-1-2), but Schneider was excellent in defeat, stopping 27 photographs.
“We’ve had some great goaltending battles,” Islanders mentor Barry Trotz claimed. “I imply you glance at the video games in the previous little although and the goalies have been great. Our goalies have been great, the opposing goalie has been great. This time of the calendar year, so many overtimes. Each and every one particular ramps it up to a unique amount this time of calendar year.”
Schneider, who has been sidelined due to the fact Dec. 17 with an stomach injuries, performed his ideal recreation of the time. He had only appeared in 9 previous video games and was -5-1. His previous earn was in December 2017.
“It’s pleasant to sense great and engage in effectively and sense like you assume you really should,” Schneider claimed. “But like I claimed, it is just one particular recreation. It’s all about relocating forward. I want to stay in the moment and not say I had one particular great recreation, it is likely to materialize immediately. You have to retain at it and retain digging and operating. With any luck ,, I can get on a roll and get into a rhythm like I have accomplished here in my occupation and type of re-create my recreation.”
Greiss only had to quit two photographs in the shootout. Kyle Palmieri and Nico Hischier skipped the net on the to start with two odds. Drew Stafford and Jesper Bratt forced him to make saves.
Jordan Eberle hit the crossbar on New York’s to start with endeavor. Barzal by no means acquired a shot off and Schneider acquired a piece of Brock Nelson’s shot.
Bailey converted in excess of Schneider’s shoulder with a forehand.
“I just required to see what he would give me and I was able to capture him on the blocker side,” Bailey claimed soon after New York improved to 17-4-2 due to the fact Dec. 15.
Kevin Rooney scored at 5:32 to give the Devils a 1- lead. It was his 2nd occupation tally.
Barzal tied it on a breakaway seconds soon after serving a coincidental penalty that had the groups actively playing 4-on-4. He took a stretch go from defenseman Ryan Pulock and defeat Schneider with a backhander at 13:42 of the to start with time period to tie the recreation, which then turned a goaltending display.
In the overtime, Schneider produced a great glove preserve on Bailey with 3:17 to go, and Bratt hit a article for New Jersey about 30 seconds later on.
Both equally goaltenders produced huge saves in the closing minutes to pressure the overtime. Greiss stopped Stafford on a shot from involving the circles late in a power engage in, and Schneider produced two important stops late, which include a previous-2nd one particular on a lousy-angle shot by Barzal.
Devils D Ben Lovejoy returned soon after missing six video games with an higher-physique injuries. The recreation was the Devils’ to start with due to the fact trading preferred C Brian Boyle to Nashville, a indicator of specials to arrive.
NHL MVP Taylor Hall skipped his 18th straight recreation for New Jersey due to the fact of a lower-physique injuries. There was roughly a two-moment delay late in the 2nd time period when Greiss’ mask was ruined by Palmieri’s power-engage in shot.
UP Up coming:
The Islanders host Colorado on Saturday.
The Devils host Minnesota on Saturday.
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