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December 26, 2003
Game 33: Devils Rally, But Fall to Islanders, 4-3 in Overtime

    The New Jersey Devils rallied from a 3-0 deficit at home, but lost in overtime, 4-3 to the New York Islanders on Friday, December 26, 2003.

    Dave Scatchard got the Islanders on the board by beating Martin Brodeur at 12:30 of the first period.

    The first period ended with the Islanders leading the Devils, 1-0.   The Devils outshot the Islanders 9-7 in the period.

    Oleg Kavasha scored at 6:02 of the second period on the power-play to increase the Islanders lead.   Mariusz Czerkawksi scored another power-play goal at 12:59 to make it a 3-0 Islanders advantage.

    Just 2:19 after the Islanders third goal, Brian Rafalski beat Garth Snow to cut the Islanders lead to 3-1.   Patrik Elias and Jeff Friesen assisted on Rafalski's fourth goal of the season.

    Patrik Elias beat Snow short-handed exactly three minutes after Rafalski's goal to get the Devils back within one goal of the Islanders.   Elias' tenth goal of the season was assisted by Sergei Brylin.

    The second period ended with the Islanders leading the Devils, 3-2.   The Islanders outshot the Devils 10-8 in the period.

    Jeff Friesen tied things up at 11:59 of the third period, beating Snow with his seventh goal of the season.   Erik Rasmussen and Patrik Elias assisted on the goal.

    Regulation time ended with the game tied, 3-3.   Mark Parrish won the game for the Islanders just 1:25 into the overtime period.

    The season series is now tied, 2-2.   The teams will face eachother again on Long Island on Monday, December 29, 2003 and then again in New Jersey on March 28, 2004.

    The loss was the first overtime defeat for the Devils this season.


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