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New York Islanders 1, New Jersey Devils 0: Cizikas goal stands as Halak makes case with shutout

I'm still number one, is what I'm saying.

Good Jaro.
Good Jaro.
Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Amid a rather manufactured goalie "controversy" during the first season in recent memory where the team has received good goaltending from two goalies, Jaroslav Halak stopped 27 shots as the New York Islanders shut out the New Jersey Devils 1-0 in Newark.

Unlikely scorer Casey Cizikas opened scoring -- and closed it -- just two minutes into the game game after driving the net for the rebound of a Nick Leddy shot from the left wing. That and Halak's goaltending was enough for the Isles to take both points and protect their place in the Metro standings.

There may have been collateral damage, however: Johnny Boychuk left the game holding his shoulder after a Jordin Tootoo hit from behind late in the second. Here's the play:

Fortunately, Boychuk returned for the third period (with a smile on the bench) and finished the game. Tootoo didn't, because he was tossed for doing Tootoo things.

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