A defenseman playing forward tipped the scales for the Devils at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday.
Olivier Magnan-Grenier, who was moved from the blueline to the frontline at Tuesday's practice, broke a 2-2 tie with 9:33 left in the third period to lead the Devils to a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders.
Vladimir Zharkov and Jamie Langenbrunner scored power-play goals in the second period and Niclas Bergfors added an empty-netter late in regulation as New Jersey improved to 2-0 in the preseason.
Magnan-Grenier, 23, said Tuesday that he had last played forward as a 15-year-old. But he looked right at home on the right wing as he banged Cory Murphy's rebound under Martin Biron's blocker for the go-ahead goal.
Magnan-Grenier also dropped the gloves for a first-period fight with Islanders' defenseman Mark Streit as the Devils' prospects continue to compete for roster spots in training camp.
Yann Danis made his second straight start and once again went the distance. He finished with 20 saves against his former club to post his second victory of the preseason. The Devils outshot the Isles, 31-22.
Danis was finally able to debut his brand-new Devils mask, which had gotten lost in transit between the manufacturer and New Jersey.
The Devils try to improve to 3-0 when they visit Philadelphia on Thursday. They then close out their five-game exhibition schedule at home: Saturday against the Flyers, and Tuesday against the Islanders.
Jersey's Team opens the regular season against Philadelphia on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Prudential Center.
The Devils scored on two of three power plays in the second period, and held a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes. Goals on the man advantage by Zharkov and Langenbrunner built leads of 1-0 and 2-1.
John Tavares, the first-overall pick in 2009, set up the Isles' second goal on a power play in the third period, but was held to one assist and one shot in his New York debut.
Zharkov notched his first of the preseason after Brian Rolston's blast from the left point trickled between Biron's pads at 4:11. Rolston finished with two assists, both on the power play, while Murphy chipped in with two helpers of his own.
After Richard Park's wraparound backhander had tied the game at 1, Langenbrunner restored the Devils lead. Bergfors carried into the slot and found a breaking Langenbrunner for a tap-in at 14:35.
Bergfors, one of this year's rookie hopefuls, has a goal and two assists in two preseason contests.
Tavares assisted on Matt Moulson's power-play goal that knotted the contest at 2 just 2:28 into the third. Moulson got a second swipe at his own shot, beating Danis from the doorstep.
The Devils answered with the next two, beginning with Magnan-Grenier's marker at 10:27. Bergfors added the empty-netter with 1:01 to go, giving Murphy his second assist of the night.
The scoreless first period included a pair of fights. Magnan-Grenier came to the defense of Andrew Peters after Peters was decked by Streit. Later, Devils' defenseman Rob Davison took offense to a run-in with Danis behind the net and dropped the gloves with New York's Mike Haley.
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