Greiss, Islanders shut down Devils
NEW YORK — Thomas Greiss made 35 saves for his first shutout of the season, and the New York Islanders beat the New Jersey Devils 3-0 on Saturday night for their fifth straight win.
It was Greiss’ ninth career shutout. Dating to Oct. 28, Greiss has allowed just four goals on 114 shots.
Jordan Eberle, Brock Nelson and Scott Mayfield scored for New York (8-4-1), which improved to 6-0-0 against the Metropolitan Division this season. Josh Bailey had two assists to extend his point streak to eight games.
New Jersey (5-5-1) lost for the sixth time in seven games. Keith Kinkaid had 30 saves.
The Devils came up empty on two early power-play chances before the Islanders grabbed the lead on Eberle’s power-play goal 7:43 into the game. With Jean-Sebastien Dea in the box for hooking Adam Pelech, Eberle tapped in Anders Lee’s rebound for his fourth of the season, and third in New York’s last three games.
PREDATORS 1, BRUINS 0: Goalie Pekka Rinne celebrated his 36th birthday and a new contract extension by shutting out Boston.
Rinne stopped 26 shots to notch his 53rd career shutout and second this season. The Predators announced before the game that they had signed the Vezina Trophy winner to a two-year extension worth $10 million taking him through the 2020-21 season, and Rinne went out and won his 316 career victory.
This is the second time Rinne has notched a shutout on his birthday after signing a contract extension. He made 35 saves in a 3-0 win at Arizona on Nov. 3, 2011, after signing a seven-year, $49 million deal.