After giving up 16 goals
NEWARK , N.J. (AP) — in the last three games, New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz saw a lot of more things he liked against the New Jersey Devils.The Islanders competed, they didn’t have any letdowns after giving up goals and the coach got to see Mathew Barzal get a step ahead of the Devils’ defense in overtime.Barzal scored on a his own rebound after being stopped on a breakaway at 3:40 of overtime and the Islanders beat the Devils 4-3 on Friday after giving up a late goal that allowed New Jersey to force the 3-on-3 overtime.“There was more skin in the battle than we’ve had in the last couple games so I’ll take our game,” Trotz said. “New Jersey has been a very good team at home; they’ve been dynamite at home. I liked a lot of our game.”The downer was seeing Marcus Johansson of the Devils batting his own rebound past Thomas Greiss (39 saves) with 11 seconds left in regulation.While both teams had chances in the overtime, Barzal was the difference in sliding one past Keith Kinkaid, who had 31 saves.“Would have been nice if we didn’t give them that point but we’ll take the extra one and move on from there,” Barzal said after scoring only his third goal.Trotz was coy when asked about watching fleet-footed Barzal in overtime.“It depends; with or without the puck,” the coach said. “With the puck when he has a step on a guy, you get pretty excited.”Jordan Eberle Authentic Derwin James Jersey , Anders Lee and Nick Leddy also scored to help the Islanders snap a two-game losing streak and beat the Devils for the second time this season.Taylor Hall and Brian Boyle also scored for the Devils, who are 7-1-3 at home.“I wish we had a different outcome but unfortunately we didn’t,” Johansson said. “It was good of us to battle back. We did not get the start we wanted today. It was a tough game for us. I don’t think we played the way we wanted to. Instead of coming out, we had to fight our way back into it. We did a good job of that. We needed and wanted the two points.”Leddy had given the Islanders a 3-2 lead with his first goal of the season. It came after a highlight reel length-of-the-ice rush with 7:15 to play on which he put in his own rebound.New Jersey tied it at 2 early in the third period when Boyle deflected Blake Coleman’s shot past Greiss. The forward was activated earlier in the day after missing five games with an upper-body injury.The Islanders had taken leads of 1-0 and 2-1 as Eberle and Lee sandwiched goals around a Hall tally.It wasn’t Josh’s Bailey’s day. The New York forward was stopped on two great chances in the first period and lost a goal in the second when the Devils won a challenge because Barzal was offside on a 3-on-2 odd-man rush.Barzal made up for the mistake in overtime.NOTES: The Devils squandered an early 1:52 two-man power play. … New Jersey also activated D Sami Vatanen off injured reserve before the game. New Jersey assigned D Eric Gryba to Binghamton (AHL).F Joey Anderson (lower body) was placed on injured reserve. … This was the Devils’ Hockey Fights Cancer game. Bennett Burgida, an 11-year-old cancer survivor from Englewood served as an honorary assistant coach for the day and dropped a ceremonial opening faceoff. … Devils wore lavender jerseys in the pre-game warmup. Cancer survivor Samantha Dango sang the national anthem. … Islanders F Cal Clutterbuck returned to the lineup after missing the last game with an illness.UP NEXT:Islanders: Host Carolina on Saturday night.Devils: At Tampa Bay on Sunday night. NEW YORK (AP) — The league-best Tampa Bay Lightning are finding different ways to get wins. They needed their goalie to cement their latest victory over the New York Rangers.Steven Stamkos scored in the second period to give Tampa Bay a three-goal lead, Louis Domingue stopped 31 shots and the Lightning held on to beat the Rangers 3-2 Saturday night.“We got in our groove after the first,” said Domingue, who had 15 saves in the third period to improve to 17-4-0 this season. “Our forecheck has been awesome. We get some huge blocked shots and there you have it.”Domingue got the start after Andrei Vasilevskiy blanked the Islanders 1-0 in a shootout win on Friday night.Yanni Gourde and Erik Cernak also scored to help the Lightning get their 39th win and become the first team to reach 80 points this season — 15 points ahead of second-place Toronto in the Atlantic Division.“You want your team to get the lead, extend it and hold onto it ,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “For the better part of this year, we’ve been able to do that.”Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes had goals for the Rangers, and Mika Zibanejad had two assists. Henrik Lundqvist finished with 20 saves as New York lost for the second time in three games since the All-Star break.The Rangers had a chance to tie it when former captain Ryan McDonagh took a tripping penalty with 5:51 left in the third, but they were unable to generate any shots on the ensuing power play. They also pulled Lundqvist for an extra skater with just over two minutes left to no avail.Gourde opened the scoring at 6:51 of the first, tapping a loose puck past Lundqvist for his 13th. McDonagh — in his second game back at the Garden since he was traded to the Lightning late last season — had an assist on the goal.Cernak, a 21-year-old defenseman from Slovakia, made it 2-0 with his first career goal at 4:41 of the second, rifling the puck past Lundqvist from the slot. Another former Rangers captain — Ryan Callahan — had an assist.“It was a long time, 30 games Authentic Aaron Donald Jersey , and it was great to score my first goal,” said the 6-foot-4 Cernak, who was drafted by Los Angeles in 2015 and traded to the Lightning two years later. “Hopefully it’s not my last one.”McDonagh and Callahan were among five former Rangers skating for the Lightning. The list also included defensemen Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman, and forward J.T. Miller.Stamkos made it 3-0 with his 28th at 8:33 of the second period with assists to Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov, who leads the Lightning with 80 points.Zuccarello — playing his 500th game for the Rangers and becoming the first player from Norway to reach that milestone — got the Rangers on the scoreboard with 3:43 left in the middle period with his ninth.Hayes narrowed the deficit to 3-2 when he converted a cross-ice pass from Zibanejad at 6:49 of the third on a power play. After Zuccarello’s pass went awry out of the Lightning zone, Lundqvist retrieved the puck and sent it up the ice to Zibanejad. It was the third assist this season for Lundqvist. The Swedish goalie made a dazzling save with six minutes left in the third, denying Callahan on a breakaway with a right pad save.The 31-year-old Zuccarello has points in his last seven games — with five goals and eight assists in the stretch — and the trio of Kreider, Zibanejad and Zuccarello has 35 points combined over the last seven games in which all three have played.“We battled hard. We played a really good game,” Zuccarello said. “But it’s not enough. You’ve got to win hockey games and we didn’t do it.”Domingue made eight saves in the first period Aaron Donald Jersey Elite , including two stops on Ryan Strome on a breakaway. Domingue stopped the original shot, the blocked Strome’s rebound attempt. He also stopped Kreider from in close in the last minute of the third.“Tonight you could say we deserved to win,” Rangers coach David Quinn said.“But it’s a result-driven business. You have to find ways to win.”NOTES: D Marc Staal played his 812th game with the Rangers, passing Jim Neilsen for fourth place on the franchise list for defensemen. Only Harry Howell, Brian Leetch and Ron Greschner played more games on the Rangers blue line. … The Rangers scratched D Tony DeAngelo for the second straight game. … Tampa Bay’s leading goal-scorer Brayden Point was a late scratch with a lower-body injury. … The Lightning also scratched F Danick Martel and D Mikhail Sergachev. … The Lightning won the previous meeting, 6-3 at home on Dec. 10. The teams meet again on Feb. 27 at the Garden.UP NEXTLightning: Host Vegas on Tuesday night.Rangers: Host Los Angeles on Monday night.

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