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Mathew Barzal’s overtime winner lifts Islanders over Devils

November 24, 2018

Mathew Barzal scored on his own rebound after being stopped on a breakaway at 3:40 of overtime and the Islanders beat the Devils 4-3 on Friday.

Jordan Eberle, Anders Lee and Nick Leddy also scored to help the Islanders snap a two-game losing streak and beat the Devils for the second time this season. Thomas Greiss made 39 saves.

Taylor Hall, Brian Boyle and Marcus Johansson scored for the Devils, and Keith Kinkaid made 31 saves. The loss was the fourth in 11 home games (7-1-3), with only one coming in regulation.

With the Devils’ net empty, Marcus Johansson tied it at three 11 seconds to play on somewhat of a lucky play. Hall flubbed a slap shot from the top of the right circle and the puck rolled to the Swedish forward at the side of the net. Greiss stopped his first shot, but he batted the second out of the air into the net.

Mathew Barzal celebrates winning goal in overtime against Devils Friday afternoon. (Bill Kostroun / AP)

Leddy had given the Islanders a 3-2 lead with his first goal of the season. It came after a highlight reel length-of-the-ice rush with 7:15 to play on which he put in his own rebound.

New Jersey tied it at two early in the third period when Boyle deflected Blake Coleman’s shot past Greiss. The forward was activated earlier in the day after missing five games with an upper-body injury.

The Islanders had taken leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in this second meeting of the season against New Jersey.

Eberle put New York ahead the first time, backhanding his own rebound past Kinkaid at 7:24 of the first period after being set up in front by Anthony Beauvillier.

Hall tied it on an unassisted goal at 11:48 of the second period. Greiss stopped his first attempt after a turnover near the crease by the reigning NHL MVP, who then put his own rebound into the net for his seventh goal.

The tie didn’t last long. Less than three minutes later, Lee scored his seventh of the season after being set up by Valtteri Filppula on Kinkaid’s doorstep.

It wasn’t Josh’s Bailey’s day. The New York forward was stopped on two great chances in the first period and lost a goal in the second when the Devils won a challenge because Barzal was offside on a 3-on-2 odd-man rush.

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