National Hockey League
NY Islanders 4, New Jersey 2
When: 7:30 PM ET, Saturday, December 11, 2021
Where: UBS Arena, Elmont, New York
Referees: Mitch Dunning, Kendrick Nicholson
Linesmen: Brandon Gawryletz, Derek Nansen
Attendance: 17255

Andy Greene and Zach Parise scored the tying and go-ahead second-period goals against their former team Saturday night as the host New York Islanders finally earned their first win at UBS Arena by beating the New Jersey Devils, 4-2, in Elmont, N.Y.

Parise's short-handed game-winner was his first goal as a member of the Islanders and came on what would have been his late father J.P.'s 80th birthday. J.P. Parise scored 73 regular season goals for the Islanders in parts of four seasons with the team in the 1970s as well as the overtime game-winner that beat the New York Rangers and earned the franchise's first postseason series win on Apr. 11, 1975.

Noah Dobson and Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored for the Islanders, who won for the second time in 14 games (2-9-3) and the first time in eight games at UBS Arena, which opened Nov. 20. The seven-game losing streak (0-5-2) to open the building was the longest by a team in its new home in NHL history.

Goalie Ilya Sorokin made 30 saves.

Jesper Bratt and Jack Hughes scored for the Devils, who have lost 11 of 14 (3-8-3). Goalie Akira Schmid made 25 saves.

The teams combined for three goals in 84 seconds late in the first.

Jonas Siegenthaler picked off Scott Mayfield's pass in the neutral zone and dished to a wide-open Bratt, who scored with 2:59 left. Dobson's shot glanced off the stick of Damon Severson and fluttered over the stick shoulder of Schmid a mere 44 seconds later and just six seconds into a power play. Hughes then corralled a clearing pass by Sorokin to begin a sequence that ended with his go-ahead goal with 1:35 left.

Greene, who spent the first 13-plus seasons of his career with the Devils before being traded to the Islanders in February 2020, capped an end-to-end rush 8:33 into the second. Parise, who played with Greene in the latter's first six seasons, scored exactly eight minutes later.

Pageau added an insurance goal 9:37 into the third.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
New Jersey   NY Islanders
Jesper Bratt 1 Points Jean-Gabriel Pageau 2
Jesper Bratt 1 Goals Jean-Gabriel Pageau 1
Jonas Siegenthaler 1 Assists Mathew Barzal 2
N/A Power Play Goals Noah Dobson 1
N/A Short Handed Goals Zach Parise 1
Akira Schmid .862 Save Percentage Ilya Sorokin .938
Akira Schmid 25 Saves Ilya Sorokin 30
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
New Jersey 32 2 0-3 1-2 13 24
NY Islanders 29 4 1-2 3-3 25 38
Upcoming Games
  • NY Islanders will play their next game on the road against Detroit. The Islanders have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .294 after a loss.
  • New Jersey will play their next game on the road against Philadelphia. The Devils have a W/L % of .300 after a win and .438 after a loss.