Hedberg, Devils Shut Out Islanders, 1-0
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) Petr Sykora scored and Johan Hedberg made 23 saves to earn his second shutout of the season and the 19th of his NHL career to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 1-0 win over the New York Islanders on Friday.
Sykora scored with a snap shot during a power play with 5:47 remaining in the second period.
New Jersey has won four of its last six games. New York has lost four in a row. In that stretch, the Islanders have been outscored 16-3.
Sykora’s power play goal was his fifth of the season. He snapped a bullet over Al Montoya’s glove from the slot.
Montoya, who had missed New York’s last six games, started in goal for New York and finished with 22 saves, including a spectacular pad save on Zach Parise’s first period semi-breakaway that kept the game scoreless.
However, Montoya’s teammates did not generate much in terms of quality scoring chances despite matching New Jersey with 23 shots on goal.
Michael Grabner had New York’s two best chances to score, both occurring in the third period.
Grabner lost the puck on a breakaway in which he deked Hedberg out of position after taking it away from New Jersey rookie defenseman Adam Larsson six minutes into the third.
Grabner was granted a penalty shot with 6:50 remaining in the game after being pulled down on a breakaway. But Hedberg made a left pad save on the backhand attempt.
New Jersey was 1 for 2 on the power play while New York went 0-for-4.
Notes: Calgary claimed former Islanders’ left wing Blake Comeau off of waivers Friday morning. The Islanders had placed Comeau on waivers Thursday. Comeau had not recorded a point and was minus-11 in 16 games with New York. . New York and New Jersey will complete their home-and-home series Saturday at the Prudential Center. . New Jersey scratched Mark Fraser and Rod Pelley. New York scratched Marty Reasoner and Nino Niederreiter. .The Islanders wore their black sweaters. .The announced attendance was 15,358.