Originally written on Islanders Hockey Blog  |  Last updated 4/3/12

The Islanders quietly fell to the New Jersey Devils 3-1 as New York wraps up another disappointing season.

Things did not start off well for the Islanders; Patrik Ellias scored just 1:18 into the game to make it 1-0 Devils. But the Islanders Matt Moulson answered back two minutes later. He picked up a loose puck in front of the net and fired it past Devils starter Johan Hedberg.

Midway through the period Michael Haley and Cam Janssen dropped the gloves and gave the fans a good show.

Marty Reasoner was called for hooking at 19:54 of the first period and allowed the Devils to get their second power play of the night. Travis Zajac took advantage of the power play by scoring 22 seconds into the second period.

That’s all it would take to propel the Devils to a victory. Ilya Kovalchuk added an empty netter with 55 seconds left in the game to ensure the win.

The Isles were outshot 20-19 in the loss to the Devils.

Rookie defensemen Matt Donovan, who was making his NHL debut, saw 20:57 of ice time. Donovan had a solid performance tonight and looked like he belonged out there.

The Islanders will host the Winnipeg Jets for their final game of the season at Nassau Coliseum.

Isles Sign Brock Nelson to Entry Level Contract

Earlier today, the Islanders announced they had inked prospect Brock Nelson to an entry-level contract.

The 20-year old forward led the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux in points (47) and goals (28) this past season. He also ranked third in the nation in goals and tied for 12th in points.

During prospect camp in July, Nelson’s improved play had caught the eye of Islanders head coach Jack Capuano.

“Looking at Brock I think he put on 12 pounds after his freshman year at North Dakota,” Capuano told the New York Hockey Journal at the time. “You can see a little more power in his stride and where he came from in a full year, so he’s only going to get better. He’s only going to be a sophomore next year at North Dakota, but he’s one of the guys that if your asking me that sticks out a little bit I can see that for sure.”

Nelson is expected to report to AHL Bridgeport.

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