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02/03/2013 7:15 PM EST
Hedberg, Bernier lead Devils over Isles 3-0
NEW JERSEY 3, NY ISLANDERS 0

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Martin Brodeur isn't the only New Jersey
Devils goalie who knows a thing or two about shutouts.



Veteran backup Johan Hedberg made 22 saves for his 22nd career
blanking, and Steve Bernier scored two of New Jersey's three
third-period goals in the Devils' 3-0 victory over the New York
Islanders on Sunday.



The game was scoreless until Bernier broke the deadlock with a
power-play goal with 3:54 remaining. He doubled New Jersey's
lead just 1:10 later, and David Clarkson sealed the win with an
empty-net goal in the final minute as the Devils snapped a
four-game losing streak (0-1-3).



"We're going to have to have contributions from all kinds of
different people," Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. "It's nice to
be able to get the win."



Hedberg's biggest save came 8:08 into the third period when he
denied Michael Grabner on a short-handed breakaway.



"He had a few breakaways against us, especially short-handed,"
Hedberg said of the speedy Grabner. "Just tried to come out and
try to match his speed as (well) as possible.



"He's one of the quickest players in the world, I think. I
haven't seen him do that move before. I've seen him shoot, I've
seen him go to the backhand and now something else."



Evgeni Nabokov was strong in making 24 saves for New York. His
best stop was 2:05 into the second when he snared a drive by
Patrik Elias following Brian Strait's giveaway in the Islanders
zone.



"He played well. Kept us in, especially in the second period
when they gained some momentum," Islanders coach Jack Capuano
said. "(New Jersey) came at us pretty hard. I thought both
goalies played well. Nabby gave us a chance to win the game."



However, he couldn't stop Bernier's rebound putback of Adam
Henrique's shot that was blocked in front.



Bernier struck again soon after with his second of the game and
third of the season - all against the Islanders.



"We were buzzing around on the power play and we (shot) the puck
and go for the rebound. That's exactly what happened," Bernier
said. "On the second, our line (Stephen Gionta and Ryan Carter)
did a great job on the forecheck. We were able to keep the puck
in.



"I was trying to put the puck in the right places in front of
Nabby where I (would) be able to get the rebound and the puck
went in. It's great. Obviously great work by everybody on the
ice."



The teams took turns controlling playing throughout the first 55
minutes. New York outshot the Devils 10-7 in a high-tempo first
period, and New Jersey clamped down on defense in the second.



New Jersey killed all seven New York power plays. The Islanders
stifled the Devils' first two advantages before Bernier broke
through with the winning goal on New Jersey's third power play.



The Islanders generated only five shots in their 11:30 of
power-play time. New York entered the day with the NHL's most
potent power play.



"We can't get too frustrated. We had our opportunities on the
power play," Capuano said. "They came a little bit more
aggressive, I thought. They probably made a few adjustments, but
again I thought we got in the zone in our entries the way that
we had to but after that there was no energy.



"They were winning all the puck battles. We weren't moving our
feet. We weren't functioning properly."



NOTES: New York scratched defensemen Joe Finley and Radek
Martinek, and RW Colin McDonald. New Jersey scratched defensemen
Peter Harrold and Henrik Tallinder, and C Stefan Matteau. .The
Islanders and Devils will play twice more this season - Feb. 16
at Nassau Coliseum, and April 1 in New Jersey. ... The announced
attendance was 11,558.

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