Ryan Strome had two goals and one assist as the New York Islanders beat the New Jersey Devils, 6-4, on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more
- 9:15 NJ Miles Wood (Power play); Assists: Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri
- 14:33 NYI Ryan Strome; Assists: Anthony Beauvillier, Dennis Seidenberg
- 2:44 NYI Casey Cizikas; Assists: Stephen Gionta
- 9:32 NYI Strome
- 11:59 NYI Andrew Ladd (short handed); Assist: Johnny Boychuk
- 13:21 NJ Palmieri; Assists: Travis Zajac, Hall
- 17:55 NJ Steven Santini; Assists: Zajac, Hall
- 0:26 NYI John Tavares (power play); Assists: Strome, Anders Lee
- 1:00 NYI Jason Chimera
- 8:37 NJ Hall (Power play); Assists: Damon Severson, Keith Kinkaid
The Islanders needed to have a bounce-back win, and they got it. Although they came out flat to start the game, even after a strong finish in Saturday's loss, they were fortunate to get even on the first of Strome's two goals to stop the Devils' momentum.
Speaking of Strome, he had a wonderful effort, as he looked just as strong without the puck as with it. I was particularly impressed with his second goal, capitalizing on a New Jersey turnover and snapping a wrestler past Kinkaid. Strome's improvement has just been remarkable, and it'll be exciting to see how he finishes down the stretch.
The one damper on the evening was the play of J-F Berube, who continued to struggle. Yes, he was the the victim of some bad luck, like on the third New Jersey goal that deflected off Gionta in front, but the fourth Devils goal was just plain soft. With Jaroslav Halak dominating in Bridgeport, how much longer will the Isles stick with Berube? It makes me wonder if Berube just needs more reps or if maybe he's not all the organization made him cracked up to be.
The Devils face the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET, while the Islanders face the Detroit Red Wings on the road Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET.