Showing a ton of grit, heart and hustle the New York Islanders (28-29-9) defeated the New Jersey Devils (36-24-5) by a final of 1-0 in NHL action on Sunday. Helping to lead New York to the shutout victory was cager Anders Nilsson, who etched his name in the history books-becoming the first cager to record his first NHL victory via a shutout.
Helping the Swedish-keeper was the combination of a more confident style of play and a very aggressive game on the defensive end for the Islanders. The Orange and Blue added onto their NHL lead in blocks, with 27 in the game against their Metropolitan-area rival s.
This is only the first of three games between the squads, as the physical intensity and great energy. For the Islanders it was a swarm of black jerseys all over the Devils in their offensive zone, leading to pressure on the New Jersey offense.
For the Islanders, this was the second game that was played with a physical intensity and toughness. New York was flying high after a 3-2 victory over the reigning Stanley Cup Champions the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
The lone goal scorer for the Isles was winger Kyle Okposo (15) who muscled-up to get through several Devils defenders, tallying a wrister at the 2:39 mark in the second period.
This is only the beginning of a three-game series between these squads, as the set now heads to the Prudential Center on Thursday night. Round Two’s is scheduled to air on the MSG Plus 2 network, with face-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.
Isles News and Notes: The franchise took time to promote American Red Cross month, having several staff members on hand to show fans the importance of the non-profits work in the Metropolitan-area. The Islanders also hosted Nickelodeon Day, as SpongeBob Square Pants, Dora the Explorer and friends were on hand to greet fans and take pictures.
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Written on March 5, 2012