NEW YORK -- A win over the New Jersey Devils nine days ago helped snap an extended funk by the New York Islanders. The Devils will look to return the favor Tuesday night, when they again visit the Islanders in a matchup of Metropolitan Division rivals at Barclays Center.
The Islanders earned their third straight win Monday, when they edged the host Montreal Canadiens, 5-4, in overtime Monday. John Tavares' goal 1:51 into the extra session ensured a yeoman-like effort by backup goalie Thomas Greiss (a career-high 52 saves) would not go for naught for New York.
The Devils suffered their season-high sixth straight loss Saturday, when they returned from their "bye week" with a 5-3 loss to the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.
The mini-surge by the Islanders (23-18-4), which began with a 5-4 shootout win over the Devils on Jan. 7, has vaulted them out of last place in the wildly competitive Metropolitan and back into a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. >> Read more
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