Devils fall to Islanders, lose fourth straight

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- After giving up 11 goals in two
games, the New York Islanders got back to defensive basics against
the New Jersey Devils.

The result was a 4-1 win Tuesday night that ended their two-game
losing streak.

"We just didn't throw the puck away," Islanders defenseman
Brad Lukowich said. "We showed more composure. We were on the
road, so we simplified things."

Rick DiPietro made 25 saves to hold the Devils at bay.

"It was kind of gloom and doom around here after those two
loses," DiPietro said. "The guys came out with a sense of
urgency. We weren't laying back."

Shawn Bates had a goal and an assist, and Mattias Weinhandl,
Oleg Kvasha and Jason Blake also scored for the Islanders.

Vladimir Malakhov scored for the Devils, who dropped their
fourth straight.

"We need to get more contributions from everybody," Devils
coach Larry Robinson said. "This was a night I thought the
Islanders were as fragile as we were. We had the chance but we gave
up a couple of bad goals."

The Islanders took a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Weinhandl
and Bates.

Weinhandl deflected Lukowich's point shot past Scott Clemmensen
at 2:57.

Bates scored from a difficult angle at 11:35. Bates took a shot
from the right boards as he drove toward the goal line and the puck
slipped past Clemmensen.

"It was a bad bounce on the first one, a bad goal by me on the
second," Clemmensen said. "From there, it was uphill the whole

In the second, Malakhov scored on a 5-on-3 advantage at 7:11 to
cut it to 2-1. Malakhov, manning the right point, took a cross-ice
feed from Paul Martin and fired a shot past DiPietro with Brian
Gionta providing an effective screen.

The Islanders countered with Kvasha's power-play goal with 2:21
remaining in the period. Brent Sopel took a point shot that glanced
off Kvasha's leg,

New York threatened to add another goal in the closing seconds
but Blake hit the left post on a short-handed breakaway.

In the third, the Devils mustered only seven shots and DiPietro
turned them all away including two from close range by Jay

Blake closed out the scoring on 2-on-1 break with Bates with
1:02 remaining.

Game notes
D Dan McGillis and RW Alexander Mogilny were healthy
scratches for New Jersey. The Devils have been frustrated by
Mogilny, the former 76-goal scorer. He sat out his first game after
scoring one goal in the last seven games. Darren Langdon took
Mogilny's place and saw his first action of the season. ... Devils
G Martin Brodeur missed his sixth straight game because of a
sprained medial collateral ligament in the right knee. ... New York
ended a three-game road losing streak.