The New Jersey Devils returned home on Thursday night looking to rebound after two straight losses, one in overtime and one in a shootout. They came with a bit of a different line-up as Adam Henrique made his season debut returning from a thumb injury and Adam Larsson made his season debut in place of the injured Mark Fayne.
The Islanders got off to a good start in the first period taking a 1-0 lead on a power play goal by John Tavares. They would add another power play goal to start the second period to take a 2-0 lead, but the Devils quickly responded with two goals of their own by Steve Bernier and Ryan Carter to tie the game at 2. John Tavares would score his second of the night on a partial breakaway to give the Islanders a 3-2 lead, but the Devils kept fighting and Henrik Tallinder scored his first of the season to tie the game at 3-3 late in the second period.
Each team added another goal in the third to send the game to overtime. Adam Henrique scored his first of the season in his first game back from injury to tie the game for the Devils at 4-4. In overtime, the Devils took another costly penalty and the Islanders capitalized with a power play goal in a net-mouth scramble to win the game.
Peter Harrold, Stefan Matteau, and Mark Fayne (injured) were the Devils scratches. Cam Janssen cleared waivers earlier today and was assigned to Albany. His roster spot allowed Adam Henrique to be activated for tonight's game.
The Devils fall to 3-0-3 on the season with the loss, but have yet to lose in regulation. The Islanders finished with a 35-32 edge in shots and Brodeur allowed a rare five goals tonight, three of them coming on the Islanders power play.
The Devils look to rebound as they head to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins on Saturday for a 1 p.m. matinee against their division rivals.