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Moose taketh and Moose giveth away: First, let's get something out of the way: Johan Hedberg was fantastic for 98 percent of tonight's game. He was the only reason they were still in it after another slow start (getting tired of writing that) and he helped the Devils keep it close in the third period when the Bruins began to press -- particularly on the 2-on-1 power-play rush. Hedberg also made some fantastic saves in the shootout and that poke check play was so vintage Moose and perfectly timed. All that said, he probably should've stopped the Bruins' lone goal, despite the slight deflection off Henrik Tallinder's stick. He definitely shouldn't have allowed that shootout winner either. It looked like there was about five feet of space in his five hole on the shot. In the end, he had a great game with two mistakes, but those mistakes are what cost the Devils the win.
Ya too close, man!: Thought tonight was too close for comfort? Yeah, get used to that feeling. As long as Lou Lamoriello insists on not adding a top-six forward, the Devils will play in a lot of one-goal games this season. In fact, the only game so far determined by more than one goal was the Devils' 3-0 win over the Flyers one week ago. In order to get by with this kind of play, the Devils need to shore up the poor starts, limit the giveaways while doing a better job picking up trailers (which was a big problem tonight) and get very good to excellent goaltending on a nightly basis. The other thing they have to do is practice their shootouts, which were the Devils' bread and butter last season. However, this year, with a lack of impact skill players, the Devils' top shootout guys will have to be consistently effective. I mean, when Marek Zidlicky is your No. 6 shootout guy, you've got some problems.