Apr 1, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Islanders left wing Matt Martin (17) and linesman Steve Barton (59) call for New Jersey Devils trainers after New Jersey Devils right wing Tom Kostopoulos (25) was knocked out in a fight by Martin during the first period at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Poor Start Leads To Devils Loss To Islanders

Newark, N.J. - The New Jersey Devils took on the New York Islanders tonight for their season finale. In the previous four games, the Devils have a 2-1-1 record against the Isles.

The Devils played very slow in the opening minutes of the game, in fact, 52 seconds into the game they gave up a goal on poor defensive play by Bryce Salvador. Marek Zidlicky was left all alone defensively after Salvador was no where to help him out. Josh Bailey put it in on a backhand that Martin Brodeur had no shot to save.

Apr 1, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Islanders center Josh Bailey (12) scores a goal on New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) during the first period at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports


Then at 7:14 the Islanders extended their lead to two on a goal from Travis Hamonic. Brodeur never saw the shot because Andy Greene screened him. Pete DeBoer quickly called a timeout to regroup the team. The timeout seemed to work, but the Devils could not get anything in the net.

In the second period the Devils came out red hot. There were so many scoring chances that just barely missed the net. David Clarkson had a great opportunity with a wide open net, but could not get enough of the puck with one hand.

At 8:01 in the second, Alexei Ponikarovsky beat Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov through the five-hole on a great pass from Patrik Elias. The goal was the Poni Express’ fourth.

That was not enough though as the Devils scoring went dry from there on out.

The Islanders would add one more goal on a power play from John Tavares.

Apr 1, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) scores a goal on New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) during the third period at the Prudential Center. The Islanders defeated the Devils 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports


The Devils remain in playoff position, but are not gaining any room in the standings. With the loss they fall to 15-12-9 with 39 points.

Lou Lamoriello better make a move at the trade deadline Wednesday. The team is in trouble and is in need of more offensive production.
 
 
Many rumors about possible moves have been circulating, but they have yet to finalize anything.

The Devils take the ice next against the Boston Bruins, in Boston, Thursday night at 7:00pm.

Other Facts:

Attendance - 17,625

1st Star - Frans Nielsen
2nd Star - Josh Bailey
3rd Star - Alexei Ponikarovsky

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