Before last night's game, Devils coach Jacques Lemaire said it was time to give Martin Brodeur - who has started 63 of 68 games - some well-deserved rest and insert backup Yann Danis for only his fifth start.
Then the Islanders scored four times against their former teammate and beat the Devils, 4-2, at Nassau Coliseum to halt a four-game skid.
"We had a great second period, a great third period and a great last five minutes of the first," said goaltender Dwayne Roloson, who delivered a clutch 38-save performance.
With the Islanders leading 3-1 in the third, sniper Ilya Kovalchuk scored on a blistering slap shot that pulled the Devils within a goal at 1:41.
With the Islanders down a man after Dylan Reese's four-minute high-sticking penalty, Sean Bergenheim scored his second shorthanded goal of the season at 11:33 to provide some insurance.
Mike Mottau scored his second goal of the season after slipping a deep wrister past an unsuspecting Roloson at 2:52 to give the Devils a 1-0 lead on their first shot of the game.
Notes & quotes: The high winds last night caused sheets of aluminum - including one measuring 10 feet by 18 feet - to fall off the Coliseum facade at about 5:30 p.m., prohibiting use of the box-office doors.