FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10th AT NEW JERSEY - NEW JERSEY 2, ISLANDERS 1
Doug Weight scored off a deflection for the early lead off a pass from another newcomer, Mark Streit, on (surprise!) the power play. The first period speeded up the learning curve of new coach Scott Gordon's new overspeed coaching philosophy. But, that was the end of the positive portion of the evening. The Devils tied it on the power play, went ahead as the fans were returning to their seats at the Rock, early in the second. From there, the Devils stifling defense and the best defender of them all, Martin Brodeur, held the Islanders at bay.
TURNING POINT: Kyle Okposo's failed penalty shot, trying to go glove-side on Brodeur, in the first period.
NYI PLAYER OF THE GAME: Joey MacDonald started on short notice, being notified of his start after the morning skate. He kept the Islanders in the game and made some strong saves (27 saves).