The New York Islanders dominated the New Jersey Devils in a preseason game at the Nassau Coliseum with a 6-2 win.
The Islanders dressed a majority of their NHL team against a Devils team that was mainly minor league guys, and the play on the ice showed. The Isles were clearly the better team from the opening faceoff. Matt Moulson had multiple goals, and Mark Streit had a multi-point game in his first appearance since April of 2010.
Kyle Okposo opened the scoring midway through the first period when he finished a beautiful feed from Michael Grabner. Grabner used his speed to fly down the left wing boards, and placed a pretty saucer pass right on the stick of Okposo. Okposo finished the play by firing the puck over an outstretched Johan Hedberg to give the Islanders a one goal lead.
The newly named captain, Mark Streit scored on a backdoor pass from Moulson on the powerplay to give the Isles a 2-0 lead. Streit, who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury had a three-point night after he assisted on goals by Frans Nielsen and Steve Staios.
The Devils would get on the board when Nick Palmieri backhanded a rebound through the legs of Al Montoya with three minutes remaining in the first period.
The Islanders would start the second period off by quickly scoring a powerplay goal. Frans Nielsen got the goal on the powerplay off a beautiful give-and-go with John Tavares. Yes, you read that right. Frans Nielsen scored on the powerplay.
Steve Staios would make it 4-1 when he scored on a wrist shot that went off of Matthew Corrente of the Devils and into the net.
Moulson made it 5-1 when he sniped the top corner over Hedberg on a two-on-one rush. Moulson would later score a second goal to finish out the scoring when he tipped in a Travis Hamonic point shot on the powerplay.
Mattias Tedenby got the Devils second goal with three minutes remaining in the second period.
Al Montoya and Kevin Poulin shared the crease for the Islanders and both goalies allowed one goal each. Montoya saved eight of the nine shots he faced, and Poulin saved 16 of the 17 he faced.
Trevor Gillies and Cam Janssen got to fight each other twice tonight. The first bout was quickly broken up by the two linesman, but both enforcers got their shots in when they fought for the second time.
Nino Niederreiter skated on a line with Moulson and Tavares all game long and didn't look out of place. That line looked a bit awkward together for the first period, but they quickly started to jel as the game progressed. Nino could replace P.A. Parenteau on that line for the season if he has a good enough training camp.
Aaron Ness was very impressive tonight. He looked very sharp, and made great decisions with the puck, but the 21-year-old defenseman should definitely be heading to Bridgeport this season.
Mark Streit led all players in ice time tonight by playing 23:44 minutes in his first appearance since undergoing shoulder surgery in training camp for last season.
The Islanders next preseason game will be against the Calgary Flames in Calgary on Tuesday night.