Damon Severson scores 2 as Devils end skid with win over Islanders | Rapid reaction

January 16, 2018 - The Star Ledger - View Full Article

The Devils snapped a six-game losing streak with a win over the Islanders. Watch video

NEW YORK -- After allowing an early goal, the Devils kept the NHL's second best offense in check to halt their six-game losing streak.

The Devils scored four unanswered goals, including two by defenseman Damon Severson, to earn a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday at the Barclays Center.

Tuesday's win marked the first win ever for the Devils at the Barclays Center. They were 0-4-1 in dating back to the start of the 2015-16 season.

Severson scored back-to-back goals in a 1:26 stretch in the second period to give the Devils a 3-1 lead. On his first, he gloved a high puck and settled it in the right circle before driving a shot past Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak for the Devils' first lead at 12:58.

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He then connected on a slap shot from the point off a Ben Lovejoy feed to give him his second career two-goal game at 14:24.

The Devils pushed their lead to three goals when they withstood a long Islanders possession, leading to a 2-on-1 rush with Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier. Hall kept the puck and his shot bounced past Halak for Hall's 16th of the season at 18:20.

The Islanders put the Devils in an immediate hole to start the game, when forward Anders Lee blocked a shot by Devils defenseman John Moore, bowled over Moore to start a breakaway and beat goalie Keith Kinkaid for a 1-0 lead 1:39 into play,

Kinkaid, playing on short notice in place an ill Cory Schneider, settled in after the opening goal and let the Devils' offense go to work. He made 25 saves after allowing a goal on the first shot he faced. The win marked the Long Island native's first career win over the Islanders. Kinkaid was 0-3-2 in six prior appearances.

The Devils converted on the second of back-to-back power plays in the first period to tie the game at 1-1 at 15:20. The power plays overlapped with eight seconds of a 5-on-3 advantage. Forward Kyle Palmieri scored his second goal in as many games with a one timer from the left circle.

Greene's first fight

It took 749 career games, but Devils captain Andy Greene finally has an NHL fight to his name. A brief spat with Islanders forward Brock Nelson as time expired in the first period sent both to the box for five minutes to start the second period.

Johansson, Gibbons briefly exit

Forwards Marcus Johansson and Brian Gibbons both left the game in the second period before returning to start the third. Johansson blocked a shot with his right arm. He appeared to be bleeding before going to the locker room. Gibbons went down on a hit after assisting on Severson's first goal.

Next up

The Devils' run of Metropolitan Division opponents continues on Thursday when they return home to the Prudential Center in Newark for a 7 p.m. game against the Washington Capitals.

They will swing down to Philadelphia for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday against the Flyers.

Chris Ryan may be reached at cryan@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisRyan_NJ. Find NJ.com Devils on Facebook.




New Jersey Devils vs. New York Islanders: LIVE score updates and chat (1/16/18)

January 16, 2018 - The Star Ledger - View Full Article

Taylor Hall, Keith Kinkaid, Nico Hischier and the New Jersey Devils will aim to end their six-game losing streak and pick up two points in the tight Metropolitan Division race when they visit John Tavares and the New York Islanders at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Barclays Center. Watch video

NEW YORK -- Taylor Hall, Keith Kinkaid, Nico Hischier and the New Jersey Devils will aim to end their six-game losing streak and pick up two points in the tight Metropolitan Division race when they visit John Tavares and the New York Islanders at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Barclays Center.

Kinkaid will start in place of goalie Cory Schneider, who will miss Tuesday's game due to illness. The Devils recalled Ken Appleby from Binghamton to serve as the backup goalie, and they optioned defenseman Steven Santini to the AHL to make room on the roster.

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Here is everything you need to know about the game:

What: New Jersey Devils (22-12-8) vs. New York Islanders (23-18-4)

When: 7:00 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, New York

TV: MSG+

Live stream: MSG GO

Radio: The One Jersey Network

More to know: The Devils will aim to end their season-high six game losing streak, where they are 0-3-3. The Islanders enter riding a three-game winning streak, which started with a 5-4 shootout win over the Devils at the Barclays Center on Jan. 7.

The Devils have never won at the Barclays Center, going winless in their five games there since the start of the 2015-16 season. Kinkaid, a Long Island native, is 0-3-2 in six career appearance against the Islanders.

Chris Ryan may be reached at cryan@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisRyan_NJ. Find NJ.com Devils on Facebook.