Brodeur, Devils Hold Off Isles

Mike Milbury was at his sarcastic best.

"We were Dopey -- we were Sleepy -- we weren't ready to play the hockey game," the New York coach and general manager said after the Islanders' 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

"Our message to the players before the game was that Jersey played the night before, and let's get off to a high-energy start. The message obviously wasn't delivered."

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  • Before the game, Milbury took a shot at agent Paul Kraus after another failed attempt to sign restricted free agent forward Zigmund Palffy.

    "It's too bad he lives in the city. He's depriving some small village of a pretty good idiot," Milbury said after returning from a meeting with Palffy in Vienna, Austria.

    Milbury said he offered Palffy a two-year contract based on the $7.80 million deal Doug Weight signed with Edmonton on Oct. 20. Milbury pulled a three-year, $12.9 million deal off the table Monday.

    Bobby Holik and Dave Andreychuk scored first-period goals and Martin Brodeur made 22 saves to help the Devils end the Islanders' two-game winning streak. New Jersey, coming off a 4-0 home loss to Los Angeles on Wednesday night, won for the third time in four games.

    Holik opened the scoring at 3:59 of the first period, beating goalie Tommy Salo with a slap shot. Andreychuk made it 2-0 at 11:15, with the puck deflecting in off his chest after it hit Salo's stick.

    "It was just a lucky play," Andreychuk said. "The goalie made a good play because he prevented me fom getting a shot on goal, but it bounces off me and goes in anyway."

    Holik said that the Devils would have scored anyway.

    "We would have scored if Salo didn't get it because the pass would have been right on Andy's tape," Holik said. "He had the whole side open."

    New York's Jason Dawe scored on a wrist shot with 59.2 seconds left in the second period. The teams left the ice at that point after fans littered the ice with souvenir foam rubber pucks.

    "It was a bad move by the P.R. department by giving the fans anything that can be thrown on the ice before the game," Holik said. "They should give this stuff out as they leave the game."

    Salo made 18 saves for the Islanders.

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