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New York Islanders: Win Against Devils Sign Of Things To Come?

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With reinforcements back in the form of Jaroslav Halak and Nick Leddy, the New York Islanders took care of Metropolitan foe New Jersey Devils, 3-0.


Three days with no games provided a much needed self-assessment for the New York Islanders. Perhaps it simply allowed the entire club to all take one deep breathe.

106. . 0. 85. . 3

3 Stars of the Game:

  1. Jaroslav Halak, 26 Saves, Shutout
  2. Ryan Strome, 1 Goal, 1 Assist
  3. Corey Schneider, 27 Saves

Oh yeah, the mini break also allowed integral pieces Jaroslav Halak and Nick Leddy to return to the lineup.

It was a boost that appeared to pay off right from the start. While Leddy was strong all night on defense, it was the starting goaltender who was so dominant.

Halak stopped all 26 New Jersey Devils shots on the night.

Via Associated Press:

"”It was a tight game and was similar to a playoff game for us,” Islanders captain John Tavares said following the win. ”We tried to battle from the start and came out with more intensity. It was a little more interesting because of our situation.”We didn’t give them a lot of chances. We were fortunate to get a couple of goals. It was great to see (Jaroslav) come back and play like that. It was a big win for us.”"

Youngster Ryan Strome struck first. Only 7:37 into the first period he snapped one bast Corey Schneider to give the Isles a quick 1-0 lead. Travis Hamonic blasted one in a little over mid-way through the third period for the cushion, and Kyle Okposo added an empty-netter.

With New York finally allowing themselves to feet great about things, after their recent four-game losing streak, the return of a full lineup can can finally provide a great of things to come.

After playing their last two on the road (Chicago, New Jersey), they can take a second deep breathe knowing their next four are slated at Nassau Coliseum. The final deep breathe, however, will happen once they finally snap that horrid four-game home losing streak which is still alive.

The team finally looked whole – where each fan can point and say “that’s the 2014-15 Islanders that we’ve been accustomed to.

It wasn’t perfect by any means as more scoring chances will be needed against top tier opponents, but last night was the all important first step.

Next: Leddy And Halak Back For Isles, Time To Win

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