Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Kinkaid Gets No Help from Devs

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Kinkaid Gets No Help from Devs

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NEW YORK -- When the NHL season began just one short month ago the Devils were looking like the favorites of the three New York-area teams. The Islanders were reeling from the loss of John Tavares and starting anew with coach Barry Trotz and the Rangers were trying to find an identity with a mix of young and old.

The Devils were coming off a playoff appearance and went 4-0-0 to start the season. But all of the dominance they asserted early has been lost as they've gone 1-5-1 from there, with the latest loss coming at the hands of the streaking Islanders on Saturday night at Barclay's Center. Shut out for the first time this season, New Jersey fell 3-0.

While the Metropolitan Division may be flipped on its head, the Devils are finding their way back to what they once were, even with a loss.

"We all feel it was a step in the right direction but no one is satisfied with the result," coach John Hynes said. "Some nights you play well and you get rewarded, some nights you play well and you don't get rewarded. Tonight, we gave ourselves a chance to win the game but didn't get rewarded in any fashion."

The goaltending was a bright spot for the Devils with Keith Kinkaid allowing two goals and stopping 30 shots. But Kinkaid was the unlucky recipient of zero goals of support forcing him to perform a high-wire act in the net. But the game was lost with 4:54 left when Brock Nelson beat Kinkaid with a wrister from the right circle.

Jean-Sebastien Dea was whistled for hooking Adam Pelech 6:35 into play and 50 seconds later Jordan Eberle was on the doorstep for a rebound to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead.

"They got a few whacks at it and it popped right to him," Kinkaid said. "That's going to happen."

The Devils managed to generate some offense in the first period but it came mostly on the power play and Thomas Greiss (35 saves) helped the Isles kill off two penalties in the first and one each in the second and third. …

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