“We were good in every zone tonight,” Devils coach Pat Burns said. “We’ve played solid in just about every game this season, but tonight, we got some breaks.”
Conversely, New Jersey is winless at home (0-3-1-0).
“We’ve been good keeping it simple on the road,” Brodeur said, “but we have to try to play the same way at home.”
Rick DiPietro turned aside 23 shots but lost for the second time this season. The defeat snapped a three-game home winning streak for the Islanders.
Brodeur earned his 65th career shutout, keeping the game scoreless early by making a glove save on Shawn Bates’ breakaway attempt at 2:51 of the first period, New York’s best chance of the period.
Friesen gave the Devils a 1-0 lead at 17:27. DiPietro made a save, the puck popped in the air and Friesen, at the left post, shoveled the rebound in.
The Devils increased their lead 90 seconds into the second period. The Islanders turned the puck over at their blue line, and after two fine saves by DiPietro, Pandolfo stuffed a rebound inside the right post.
“When it got to 2-0, I think we started pressing too much, and at that point you can throw systems out the window,” Islanders forward Jason Blake said.
“But I think when you play the Stanley Cup champions, you have to be ready to go, and I think that some of the guys in the room weren’t ready. If you can’t get up for the Stanley Cup champions, something’s wrong.”
Brodeur made one more huge save, stopping Kenny Jonsson’s point-blank wrist shot at 6:15 to preserve the two-goal lead.
“Tampa Bay tried a similar play just as a penalty was ending, and (Vincent) Lecavalier scored, so I was ready in case it happened again,” Brodeur said.
New Jersey sealed the win with a pair of goals 16 seconds apart in the final period.
Gionta beat DiPietro with a long slap shot at 7:29, and Madden put in a wrist shot for his first goal of the season at 7:45.
“We stopped skating the last half of the game,” Islanders defensemanAdrian Aucoin said. “And no system is going to work if you just watch them.”
New York defenseman Roman Hamrlik appeared in his 800th NHL game. His career included stops in Tampa Bay and Edmonton. … The Islanders managed only one tie in five meetings with the Devils last season. … The Devils begin a four-game homestand Thursday against Philadelphia. The Islanders visitPittsburgh on Wednesday night.