Devils head coach John Hynes was far from happy after the team fell to the Stars 4-3 on Thursday night, their fourth straight loss.
Hynes didn't mince words: he said the team beat themselves. Defensemen Andy Greene and Sami Vatanen, in particular, were negatively involved in a few goals for the Stars.
"We gave it away," Hynes said, via Andrew Gross of The Record. "The mistakes were the mistakes. You don't pinpoint the mistakes. We have the game in control and we come out and play a totally different game in the second and the worst way you can lose is when you beat yourself and we beat ourselves tonight. It's too hard to win in this league when you beat yourself."
Devils' leading scorer Taylor Hall got straight to the point as well, saying the team simply didn't deserve to win.
"We didn't deserve two points tonight," Hall said. "We didn't play the type of game that gets you wins, especially on the road, in this league. We have to get two points in that game [Sunday]. We don't want to go into a break with five straight Ls. We know our conference, our division, can slip away pretty quick."
The Devils look to return to winning ways against the Islanders on Sunday at 1 p.m., who are mired in their own five-game losing streak.