The Islanders might have gotten lucky on Monday night against the Canadiens, but the Devils were not going to let that happen on Tuesday in a lopsided 4-1 victory.
Montreal peppered Thomas Greiss with 56 shots on Monday, but only converted on four goals as the Isles barely skated back home with the overtime win on 24 shots. But Jaroslav Halak didn't have the same magic against New Jersey, who outshot the Islanders, 42-26.
Anders Lee, who scored the Isles' only goal, knows his team can't continue allowing opponents to forecheck as they please.
"It's going to be tough to win games sustaining that kind of attack we've had the last two night," Lee told The Post's Greg Joyce. "All those shots are tough on our goalies, tough on our defense. Two nights in a row we're getting swarmed. We escaped one [Monday night] and tonight just wasn't in the cards to be able to pull something off like that again."
Team captain John Tavares admits the team couldn't deal with another onslaught in their own zone, which lead to many players being gassed.
"We weren't very good [Monday] night, either, so gotta realize we gotta be a lot better than we were the last two games, starting with myself," Tavares said.
It was also another night the Islanders lost yet another player. Shane Prince went to the locker room early after suffering an upper-body injury with a few minutes to go in the second period. Head coach Doug Weight couldn't believe another injury has found its way to his team.
"Once we got down, it was tough to -- you can say makeshift, you can say whatever you want," he said. "The fact is we have seven, now eight, guys out. Listen, no one has a violin here. I'm not looking for it, but it's tough."
Before the game even started, the Devils had the advantage as they had not played since Saturday. Combine fresh legs with a desperate need to snap a six-game losing streak, New Jersey wasn't going to let the depleted, tired Islanders get the best of them.
Weight saw that his team was reeling after a back-to-back that saw them travel across the border back home.
"It's a rocket-ship league," he said. "Not just the speed of the players and the youth and the shape they're in, but the way the game is designed now to play. I believe when you do go through these phases, it's tougher to do it. You look at Johnny [Tavares] playing [22:37] last night, gets in his bed at 3:30. I don't care if you work out all summer and you're in great shape and you have a great diet. It's tough."
The loss snapped an Isles' three-game win streak. They will look to start a new one when they face the Bruins Thursday night at home.