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Isles Solve Brodeur, Pick Up Huge Win
Islanders 5, Devils 4
Isles Having a Blast
Finally find a way to get to Brodeur and beat Devils

Notes & Quotes: The Devils entered the game leading the NHL with a 1.50 goals against per game but yielded five goals for the second time this season. The Devils had allowed only four goals total over their past five games . . . Prospect Bruno Gervais, the 19-year-old junior hockey standout injured during practice with Team Canada in preparation for the upcoming World Junior Championships, will undergo surgery in two weeks and is expected to miss the rest of his season. An MRI yesterday revealed a ligament tear in his right knee.

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Brodeur Proves Fallible, After All

It's April When Devils Are in Town

"It's nice to beat the Stanley Cup champions," Yashin said, "but the season continues."

For a few hours, it felt like old times at the Coliseum, with the Islanders beating one of the better teams in the National Hockey League. By some enlightened sense of the bizarre at league headquarters, the two suburban teams are meeting four times within 20 days.

Maybe that high achievement cast a spell on the place, like the ones haunting Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. All I know is that I get the willies when I walk into the Coliseum. I expect to see Billy Smith whacking people in front of the net — his own teammates included.

Isles break out

Finally solve Brodeur, Devils

"Anytime you get big plays like that against a team like Jersey, it's a big boost of morale," Peca said.

Benched for part of the second period for negating an Isles power play, Blake snapped the tie with a shorthanded break-in at 14:03 of the third, although the Devils believed the play was offsides.

Devs: One of
those nights.

Grant Marshall screamed toward the officials from the bench after the goal. Burns, however, said nothing.

"Even if I say anything, it doesn't do anything," he said. "They're not going to change their minds after it's in the net."

"The guys weren't sharp today, and that's going to happen," Burns said.

Devils sink on the Island

"The puck found the net for them," said Brodeur, who finished with 23 saves. "That last goal, how lucky can you be? The guy throws it in the middle and it hits two skates and it hits him wide-open."

"It was just one of those games where strange things happened all night long," Devils' defenseman Scott Niedermayer said. "We didn't play a smart game and that kind of cost us."

Devils odds and ends

Devils: Stranded on the Island

Isles finally beat Brodeur and put an end to two long streaks in the process

The five goals against Brodeur were the most he has allowed since a 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Oct. 25. The Devils have not given up more than five goals in a game all season.

"I don't gauge myself on that," Brodeur said of the possible offside. "I just play the puck all the time."

Devils: Madden keeps his head in game

Paul Martin also avoided injury, but felt like he was a target for Islanders captain Michael Peca.

"If you get rid of the puck and aren't looking," Martin said, "he'll hit you. That's part of the game. I'm fine."

Pancakes and Pucks
Sound Tigers try to extend streak this morning

Road streak still alive heading into seven games away from Bridgeport

The loss ended the Sound Tigers’ 22-game unbeaten-in-regulation streak at 18-0-3-1 and 13-game home unbeaten-in-regulation streak at 10-0-2-1, as well as their 20-game overall unbeaten streak at 17-0-3. Wednesday’s game was an educationally-themed matinee entitled “Cool Fun 101” and began at 11:05 a.m.

The Sound Tigers regained the lead at 2-1 on Hamilton’s League-leading 23rd goal and 35th point with just 35.5 seconds left in the second period. Ryan Kraft earned the only assist on the play with a great individual effort knocking Lupaschuk off the puck behind the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton net before feeding Hamilton.

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At least the Isles got the back cover of the Newsday. I'm surprised the "big rumours" of Nomar Garciaparra going to the White Sox didn't make it, because apparently in the sports world, a baseball trade rumour in the winter is more exciting than a 5-4 hockey game with an unpredictable finish. :p

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Oh well. Better late than never with the game articles.

Some days I actually have to work.

Good day for articles, nice George Vecsey arrticle in the Times on hockey, Ask Alan.

And even a cover for our team...Finally.

Funny, while I was in meetings I saw the New York edition of Newsday and what a shock, no Islander game article for the best win of the season. Other days they do have the articles in the city edition.

Another reason why attendance is hurting, fans inside the city limits cannot read about the team and they make up a big part of the fans.

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