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Islanders 2, Devils 1

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Centers Frans Nielsen and Brock Nelson scored in the shootout as the New York Islanders once again played spoiler at Nassau Coliseum by edging the New Jersey Devils 2-1.

The Islanders, who lost to Tampa Bay in a franchise-record 13-round shootout on Thursday, needed the minimum two rounds this time thanks to Nielsen, Nelson and goaltender Anders Nilsson, who stopped shots from Devils center Adam Henrique and left winger Patrik Elias.

Nielsen was credited with the Islanders' lone regulation goal when the Devils scored an "own goal" in the second period. Nilsson made 22 saves.

The win was the third in the last four games (3-0-1) for the Islanders (29-35-10), who are about to be eliminated from playoff contention for the sixth time in the last seven years. But New York's last two home wins have come against Columbus and New Jersey, each of whom are among the several teams vying for the Eastern Conference's two wild-card spots.

The Devils, who began the day in 11th place in the East, four points out of eighth place, have not missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons since an eight-year drought from 1978-79 through 1986-87, a stretch that included the franchise's relocation from Colorado. New Jersey has missed the playoffs just four times in the last 25 seasons.

The Devils (31-28-15) have lost two in a row, both in the shootout, and are 2-4-2 in their last eight games. New Jersey is 0-10 in the shootout this season and has lost its last 14 shootouts dating to last March.

Center Adam Henrique scored for the Devils and goaltender Cory Schneider made 18 saves.

The two teams combined for just 11 shots -- nine by the Islanders -- in a scoreless but physical first period before swapping goals in the first 10 minutes of the second period.

The Islanders took the lead in quirky fashion at 2:12 when Nielsen maneuvered around New Jersey left winger Patrik Elias and fired a shot at Schneider, who deflected it out of the goal mouth. Devils defenseman Peter Harrold tried clearing the puck, but it bounced off Elias and into the net for a goal credited to Nielsen.

The Devils tied the score a little more than eight minutes later, when center Damien Brunner skated through the teeth of the Islanders defense and passed to Henrique, whose shot glanced off Nilsson. But the rebound bounced right to Henrique, who buried the puck in the open right corner of the net.

The Devils spent most of the third period in the Islanders' zone and outshot New York 7-3 in the final 20 minutes but could not get the tiebreaking goal. New Jersey's best chance came with a little more than four minutes left, when the Devils missed a flurry of chances in front of the Islanders' net.

New Jersey also had the first few scoring chances in overtime when defenseman Andy Greene's shot from just to the right of the net was gloved by Nilsson. Less than a minute later, defenseman Eric Gelinas' shot bounced off Nilsson.

The Islanders had their first serious scoring chance since the second period when center Casey Cizikas missed a point-blank shot with a little more than two minutes left in the extra session.

After an Islanders turnover in their own zone, Zidlicky's shot sailed into the crowd with 43.4 seconds left.

NOTES: The game was the first for the Islanders since TSN reported Thursday that owner Charles Wang was in talks to sell a majority stake in the franchise. Wang said in a statement on Friday that he has recently fielded "numerous expressions of interest in the purchase of the New York Islanders," but that there is no guarantee he will sell the team, which is scheduled to move to Brooklyn's Barclays Center in 2015-16. Wang purchased the team with former business partner Sanjay Kumar in 2000 and has been the Islanders' sole owner since 2004. ... The Islanders scratched injured RW Michael Grabner (concussion), RW Kyle Okposo (lower body), D Brian Strait (broken hand) and D Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) as well as the healthy duo of LW Eric Boulton and D Radek Martinek. ... The Devils scratched D Bryce Salvador (groin), C Tim Sestito (concussion) and D Anton Volchenkov (lower body) as well as healthy C Jacob Josefson. ... Entering Saturday, the Devils were an NHL-worst 0-9 in the shootout this year and 0-13 in shootouts dating to March 10, 2013. That is quite a departure from the norm for New Jersey, which began the season with an NHL-high 56 shootout victories since the shootout was implemented in 2006.

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