Isles rally to top Kinkaid and Devils 3-2 in SO
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Josh Bailey scored the winning goal in the fifth round of the shootout, and the New York Islanders rallied in the third period for the second straight game and beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Monday night.
Bailey fired a shot between the pads of Long Island native Keith Kinkaid, who was trying for his first NHL victory in front of nearly two dozen family members. He was in line for the win until Matt Martin scored the tying goal with 4:15 left.
Bailey also scored in the second period, and Kyle Okposo added a shootout goal for the Islanders, who netted the tying and winning goals in the third against Chicago on Saturday. Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves to top the Devils.
New York is 6-0 in shootouts and 9-0 after regulation.
Marek Zidlicky and Scott Gomez scored first-period goals, and Jaromir Jagr assisted on both but New Jersey dropped its fourth straight (0-2-2). Kincaid finished with 31 saves.
Martin solved Kinkaid with 9:15 remaining in the third after a lead pass from Casey Cizikas. Martin beat Kinkaid with a wide-angle shot for his fourth goal.
The Islanders killed off the majority of John Tavares' retaliatory slashing penalty to get the game into overtime. Tavares speared the defenseman after absorbing an open-ice hit seconds earlier.
The trio of Jagr, Gomez, and Zidlicky made their presence felt in the first period and staked Kinkaid to a 2-0 lead - first on a power play and then at even strength.
Zidlicky struck with 7:45 left in the opening period when Gomez sent a pass from the right side of the zone into the middle, where Zidlicky - steps in front of the blue line - ripped a drive that beat Halak.
Zidlicky's fourth goal of the season took advantage of the Islanders' NHL-worst penalty-killers.
Gomez and the Devils used help from the Islanders to double their lead. Gomez was at the right-wing boards when he spotted Jagr dashing down the left side for a backdoor play. Gomez zipped the puck across, but before it got to Jagr, it ticked off New York defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky and caromed past Halak with 4:40 remaining.
Gomez has two goals and four assists in eight games since rejoining the Devils on Dec. 1.
Zidlicky and Jagr got the assists on his latest goal, further padding Jagr's career dominance of the Islanders. Having faced them 105 times - often as a divisional rival - Jagr has 61 goals and 91 assists. The 152 points are his most against any team.
Bailey cut the Islanders' deficit to 2-1 at 1:51 of the second, 7 seconds after Jagr's late first-period hooking penalty expired. Bailey was left wide open in the slot for a shot off a feed from Ryan Strome for his fifth of the season.
Bailey, who missed three of the five previous games, has scored in two of his past three outings.
NOTES: The Devils activated C Travis Zajac from the injured list, after he missed eight games due to a lower body injury and a bout with the mumps, assigned forward Mike Sislo to Albany of the AHL, and recalled forward Tim Sestito from Albany. ... The Islanders activated Cizikas (upper body) from the injured list following a three-game absence.