Different Coach but Same Old Story for the New Jersey Devils

Even a major coaching shakeup couldn’t wake up the New Jersey Devils from their season long slump as they lost 5-1 to the New York Islanders in what was the return of a familiar face in Jacques Lemaire behind the Devils bench. Lemaire, who led the Devils to a Stanley Cup victory in 1995 is coming out of retirement for what will be his third stint as coach. In taking over from the recently fired John MacLean, Lemaire saw the Islanders on Thursday night score three goals in the first 11 minutes which turned out to be the turning point. The Islanders former 2008 first round pick Josh Bailey was a major factor in scoring the game’s first two goals and ending up with three points. Also scoring for New York was John Tavares with his second in two games along with Blake Comeau and Frans Nielson. With the win New York has gained a bit of momentum as they are on a four game point streak at 3-0-1. Meanwhile New Jersey who have now lost four straight and nine of their past 10 games got their goal from Travis Zajac. Unlike Islanders goaltender Dwayne Roloson who was sharp in making 34 saves his counterpart Martin Brodeur struggled in making only 14 saves. “There is one thing that we can take care of and that is we are going to work,” Lemaire said. “I felt and I could see that it was hard because they had something else, that (look of) defeat that they have right now. I am not a psychologist but I can see things, I feel things. I could feel it.”

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