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Islanders edge Devils in shootout for ninth straight win

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Anthony Beauvillier and Oliver Wahlstrom scored on the Islanders’ final two shootout attempts to win their ninth straight game, beating the Devils 3-2 on Sunday at Prudential Center.

The Devils thought they had won the game 27 seconds into overtime on a goal by P.K. Subban, but a lengthy review showed Jesper Bratt was offside.

Beauvillier beat Scott Wedgewood on the Islanders’ third attempt to extend the shootout and Wahlstrom extended the Devils’ winless run at home to 0-10-1.

Kieffer Bellows and Brock Nelson scored in the first period for the Islanders, who pushed their point streak to 11-0-1. Rookie Ilya Sorokin made 29 saves, allowing only Nikita Gusev to score in the shootout.

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Janne Kuokkanen and Yegor Sharangovich scored for the Devils, while Wedgewood made 32 saves, including an in-close stop on Casey Cizikas in overtime.

Sharangovich tied the score 2-all with less than four minutes left in the second period on a shot from between the circles following an Islanders turnover.

Nelson had given the Islanders a 2-1 lead with :01 left in the first period with a shot from the boards that found it way through four players into the net.

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Scott Mayfield congratulates right wing Oliver Wahlstrom on his winning goal in a shootout.
AP

Bellows, who scored the game-tying and winning goals in a 3-2 win over the Devils on Saturday, opened the scoring at 4:18 when a shot by late-addition Sebastian Aho went off his arm past Wedgewood.

Less than a minute later, Kuokkanen tied it, putting the rebound of Damon Severson’s shot into the net. It gave the Finnish rookie goals in four straight games, and five for the season.

The start of the game was delayed because of a lineup problem. Noah Dobson was supposed to play, but was a late scratch after being added to the COVID-19 protocol list. Aho got dressed and quickly picked up an assist in his first game of the season. Earlier, Jean-Gabriel Pageau was placed on the COVID-19 list. Austin Czarnik centered a line with Leo Komarov and Wahlstrom.

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The Islanders travel to Washington for a Tuesday meeting of the top two teams in the East. The Devils will stay in Newark and host the Sabres on Tuesday.

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