The Devils weren't able to score a game-tying goal late and lost to the Boston Bruins 5-3 on Sunday at Prudential Center. >> Box score
- 13:32 BOS Torey Krug (short handed)
- 16:26 NJ Miles Wood; Assist: Blake Coleman
- 19:57 BOS Tim Schaller (short handed)
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- 13:18 NYI Nikolay Kulemin; Assists: Casey Cizekas, Jason Chimera
- 15:00 NYI Josh Bailey; Assists: Anders Lee, Adam Pelech
- 18:38 NYI Nikolay Kulemin; Assists: Casey Cizekas
- 12:00 NYI Jason Chimera (Shorthanded) (unassisted)
Tags: Anders Lee, Boston Bruins, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, Josh Bailey, Nikolay Kulemin, Thomas Greiss
The New Jersey Devils beat the Boston Bruins, 3-0, Monday at Prudential Center. >> Read more
- 4:12 NJ P.A. Parenteau; Assists: Taylor Hall, Steven Santini
- 1:44 NJ Sergey Kalinin; Assists: Jon Merrill, Miles Wood
- 18:02 NJ Hall (empty net); Assist: Kalinin
The Devils (14-16-7) will look to start the new year off with a win on Monday as they take on the Bruins (20-15-4) in Newark.
According to STATS:
- The Bruins won their first meeting with the Devils this season, 2-1, in October. Boston owns a 17-4-0 record against New Jersey since the beginning of 2010-11, which includes a 7-3-0 record in New Jersey.
- Boston finished 2016 with two wins against Buffalo, 4-2 on the road Thursday and 3-1 at home Saturday. The Bruins have earned at least one point in eight of their last nine road games (4-1-4 record).
- Patrice Bergeron scored a goal in both of the Bruins' games against the Sabres after scoring just two goals in his previous 19 games. The Bruins are 6-1-0 in games when Bergeron nets a goal this season.
- New Jersey lost at home to Washington on New Year's Eve, 6-2, and finished December with a 4-9-2 (.333) record. That was the worst record by an Eastern Conference team last month.
- The Devils allowed six goals to the Capitals Saturday and have now allowed five or more goals in seven games this season. The only NHL team with more is Colorado (10).
- Travis Zajac leads the Devils with 24 points this season. New Jersey is one of just two NHL teams that does not have a skater with at least 25 points this season (Arizona is the other).
© 2017 by STATS.
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The season started so promisingly for the New Jersey Devils. They were 9-3-3 and didn't suffer a regulation home loss until Dec. 9, a sign that they may have been ready to improve on last season's middling results.
But as they welcome the Boston Bruins to Prudential Center on Monday to start 2017, the Devils have lost 10 and 12 are coming off a 6-2 blowout loss to the Washington Capitals at home.
"Every team in this conference is a challenge for us, and everyone is playing good hockey, including the Bruins," Devils winger Luke Gazdic. "So, we need to execute better than we have and cut down on our mistakes. We will definitely be better (than Saturday). I can promise you there will be a better effort on Monday."
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The Islanders (11-14-6) travel to Boston to take on the Bruins (17-13-3) on Tuesday night.
According to STATS:
- The Islanders and Bruins are meeting for the first time this season. Boston has won five straight games in the series, outscoring the Islanders 17-8 over that span.
- The Bruins had lost three straight home games before a 1-0 win versus the Kings on Sunday. It was Boston's fourth shutout of the season, tied for second most in the NHL (Ottawa, five).
- New York has lost five straight games (0-4-1), allowing an average of 4.80 goals per game during the skid. For the season, the Islanders' 3.13 goals allowed per game are the second most in the league, ahead of only Colorado (3.20).
- The Islanders have scored two or more goals in 15 straight games, the second-longest active streak in the NHL (Ducks, 17). New York hasn't scored multiple goals in 16 straight contests since an 18-game streak in November/December 2006.
- Anders Lee has nine goals in his last 13 games going back to November 23, tied for the most in the NHL over that span (with four others, including the Bruins' David Pastrnak). Lee scored just once in his first 18 games this season.
- Torey Krug ranks third among NHL defensemen with 102 shots on goal this season, yet has lit the lamp just one time (November 10 versus Columbus). He's taken 56 shots since his last goal.
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BOSTON -- While the Boston Bruins figured out a way to win without their leading scorer Sunday, the New York Islanders continued their plunge in the NHL standings.
The Bruins, who won in the first of what looks like at least two games without David Pastrnak, host the Islanders on Tuesday night. New York has lost five in a row and fallen into last place in the Eastern Conference.
"There's a lot of fight in that room," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said after Sunday's 6-2 home loss to the Ottawa Senators. "When teams lose it, they start quitting, and they don't work, and there's no emotion. That hasn't happened with this group."
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The Boston Bruins' hold on the Atlantic Division's last automatic playoff berth slipped a little during their losing streak, but they still control their own destiny for that spot down the stretch.
That's a good thing considering the quality of their remaining opponents.
The New Jersey Devils aren't counting themselves out of the playoff race just yet, but they realistically will be if they drop a sixth straight meeting with visiting Boston on Tuesday night.
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David Pastrnak scored two goals, Tuukka Rask made 25 saves and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Islanders 3-1 on Saturday.
Loui Eriksson added a goal and two assists for the Bruins, who have won their last five games against the Islanders.
Pastrnak's point-blank wrist shot beat Thomas Greiss for a 2-1 lead with 8.9 seconds left in the second period. He slid his 12th goal of the season under Greiss with 2:34 remaining in the third.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Jesper Fast scored on a deflection in front with 1:42 to play and the New York Rangers rallied to beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Monday night.
Derick Brassard also scored in the third period and Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves, including a highlight-reel stop on Max Talbot, as the Rangers beat the Bruins for only the third time in 12 meetings (3-9).
Jimmy Hayes scored for the Bruins, and Tuukka Rask had 28 saves. Boston is 2-6-1 in its last nine games.
The New York Rangers host the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.
According to STATS:
- The Bruins dropped a 2-1 overtime decision in Ottawa on Saturday night, taking at least one point for the ninth time in their last 10 road tilts (6-1-3 record). Boston is 12-3-3 (.750) away from home in 2015-16 -- second best in the league (Washington -- 16-4-2, .773).
- The Rangers lost, 4-3, to the Capitals in overtime at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, dropping to 4-7-2 in their last 13 contests (since December 9). New York has netted at least three goals 26 times this season -- most of any Eastern Conference club.
- Boston defeated New York, 4-3, in these clubs' first meeting of the season on November 27 at TD Garden. Dating to April 1, 2012, the B's are 8-1-2 in their last 11 games vs. the Blueshirts overall.
- Patrice Bergeron had a helper in Saturday night's setback, giving him three goals and two assists in his last five skates overall. Bergeron has five points (3g, 2a) during his current four-game scoring streak vs. the Rangers.
- Oscar Lindberg lit the lamp Saturday, giving him a goal and an assist in his last two skates since enduring an 11-game pointless drought from December 6-January 2. Lindberg has 11 markers on the season -- sixth most of any NHL rookie.
- New York has gone without a power-play goal in a season-high five straight games (0-for-15 during span). Boston is 6-for-18 (33.3 percent) with the man-advantage in its last five contests.
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Rookie Frank Vatrano scored early, Jonas Gustavsson made 19 saves and the struggling Boston Bruins beat the banged up New Jersey Devils 4-1 on Friday night for the 3,000th win in franchise history.
Ryan Spooner, Jimmy Hayes and Colin Miller also scored as the Bruins snapped a two-game losing streak and won for only the second time in seven games.
Bobby Farnham scored for the Devils, who have dropped three straight games in regulation for the first time since the start of the season. Cory Schneider finished with 27 saves.
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The Devils host the Boston Bruins on Friday at 7 p.m.
According to STATS...
- Boston lost, 3-2, at home to Washington on Tuesday night, dropping its second straight, and fifth tilt in the last six with the setback. The Bruins are 11-3-2 (.750) on the road this season -- second best in the league.
- New Jersey dropped a 2-1 decision in Montreal on Wednesday night, losing its second consecutive contest in the process. Including each of the last two setbacks, the Devils have scored one goal or fewer 16 times this season -- second most in the NHL (Anaheim -- 19).
- The B's beat the Devils, 2-1, in a shootout at TD Garden in these clubs' first meeting of the season on December 20. Dating to the beginning last season, Boston has defeated New Jersey four straight times overall.
- Loui Eriksson potted one of the Bruins' two markers Tuesday night, giving him six points (1g, 5a) in his last five skates. Including a goal in these teams' first meeting of the season, Eriksson has 13 points (7g, 6a) in his last 12 games vs. the Devils.
- Adam Henrique lit the lamp Wednesday night, ending his 11-game goalless drought, and giving him 14 markers on the season -- tied for second most on the club. Henrique has one goal in 12 career skates vs. the Bruins.
- Patrice Bergeron will be the Bruins' lone representative attending the 2016 All-Star Game festivities, while Cory Schneider will be the only Devil heading to Music City for the contests.
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They won't be in action, but they have two ways to finally lock up a spot in the postseason. One possibility requires the Ottawa Senators to lose at Madison Square Garden. If the Rangers come away with a win in any fashion against the Senators -- winners of four of their last five -- then the Isles would clinch.
The Islanders can also clinch if the Bruins lose in any manner to the Panthers. The Washington Capitals helped the Islanders Wednesday by beating the Bruins 3-0 at the Verizon Center.
Tags: Boston Bruins, Islanders, new york islanders, News, Ottawa Senators, pittsburgh penguins, Standings Watch
However, that's what the Islanders' forward did on Saturday night in the opening period against the Boston Bruins. His combatant, Torey Krug, is not a guy who gets into a fight that often either. In fact it was just his second of the season.
For Strome, it was his first career fight in the NHL.
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In his last outing, Johnson allowed four goals on 19 shots in the Isles' 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. The Islander backup goalie has struggled since starting off the year with three wins in his first three starts. Johnson is 6-6-0, with a 3.43 goals against average and .886 save percentage.
Head coach Jack Capuano has seemed hesitant to start Johnson, even in games that would be logical for the team's backup to start in. Jaroslav Halak has started in 38 of the Isles 51 games this season.
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The Bruins had a 2-o lead before the Islanders rallied in the second period. John Tavares scored 8:25 into the second to cut the Boston lead to 2-1 and Michael Grabner deflected Johnny Boychuk's shot in to even the score at 2. However, an error in judgement by Jaroslav Halak led to a goal by Kevan Miller with 3.4 seconds left in the period.
Boston added two more goals in the third.
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"I was outside there and Conacher was like 'hey did you hear the news?' I didn't know what he was talking about," Johnson explained. "He said, 'yeah we picked up Boychuk in a trade there.' It was definitely exciting, so I sent him a text right away. Just letting him know if he needed anything I'd be more than willing to help out. He called me five minutes later."
Unlike Nick Leddy, who was acquired on Saturday via a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks, Boychuk is only familiar with Johnson in the Islanders room. The two discussed the situation on Long Island during that phone call after the trade. "[Johnson] said it's a great area for family and he says that I think I'm really gonna like it here," Boychuk told reporters.
The Boston Bruins pummeled the Isles 6-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 8,600, -- a large number of which were Bruins fans -- at Webster Bank Arena. Kyle Okposo scored the lone goal for the Islanders on the power play after Brock Nelson left the game after being hit from behind by Kevan Miller in the second period.
The Islanders fielded a roster primarily made up of AHL players and a handful of NHL regulars, which played into how the game turned out, but it was still as ugly a preseason loss as they come. Inside the locker room after the game there was a very somber atmosphere. You could tell no one was taking the loss lightly.
Tags: Boston Bruins, Brent Thompson, brock nelson, Chad Johnson, GIFs, Islanders, john tavares, kyle okposo, new york islanders, News
Brock Nelson left the game after defenseman Kevin Miller hit Nelson into the boards head first. The play occurred midway through the second period with the Islanders trailing 3-0. Nelson, according to Arthur Staple, ?received five stitches and returned to the game in the third period.
Miller was given a five minute major for boarding and a game misconduct. Islander captain John Tavares immediately went after Miller for the?hit on Nelson.
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The New Jersey Devils defeated the Boston Bruins 4-3 from TD Garden in Boston. The win brings their record to 2-5-4 on the season.
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On May 9?
1994- Martin Brodeur stops all 22 shots he faces, pitching his first-career playoff shutout in New Jersey's 2-0 win over the Boston Bruins in game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Brendan Byrne Arena.
Tags: Boston Bruins, John Madden, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Notes, PATRIK ELIAS, Scott Stevens, Toronto Maple Leafs
On May 8?
1988- Officials boycott game 4 of the Wales Conference finals between the Devils and Boston Bruins, after the NHL did not suspend New Jersey coach Jim Schoenfeld for his postgame outburst at referee Don Koharski.
Tags: Boston Bruins, DAVID CLARKSON, David Maley, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jason Arnett, Jim Schoenfeld, Martin Brodeur, Notes, Pat Verbeek, PETR SYKORA, Philadelphia Flyers, Tom Kurvers, Toronto Maple Leafs
On May 7?
1994- Stephane Richer's goal at 14:19 of the first overtime lifts New Jersey to a 5-4 win over the Boston Bruins in game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Boston Garden.
Tags: Ben Hankinson, Bernie Nicholls, Boston Bruins, Brian Rafalski, Claude Lemieux, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Notes, PETR SYKORA, Stephane Richer, Toronto Maple Leafs, Valeri Zelepukin
On May 6?
1972- Denis and Mireille Brodeur welcomed a baby boy, Martin, into the world. That boy would grow into the Devils' -- and arguably the NHL's -- greatest goalie of all time.
Tags: Boston Bruins, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, Denis Brodeur, Don Koharski, Jim Schoenfeld, John Madden, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Notes, PETR SYKORA, Philadelphia Flyers, Scott Gomez, Toronto Maple Leafs
On May 5?
1994-?Tom Chorske scores twice and records an assist, leading New Jersey to a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins in game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
On May 4...
1988-?Pat Verbeek's overtime goal lifts New Jersey to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins in game 2 of the Prince of Wales Finals at Boston Garden. Aaron Broten and Doug Brown also score goals, evening the series at 1.
On April 30...
1988-? Kirk Muller scores 14 seconds into the game, and John MacLean's third-period redirection serves as the game-winning goal in New Jersey's 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals in game 7 of the Patrick Division finals at the Cap Center.
Tags: Boston Bruins, Brian Rolston, Doug Gilmour, John MacLean, Kirk Muller, Lyle Odelein, New Jersey Devils, Notes, Ottawa Senators, Scott Gomez, Scott Stevens, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals
But goalies needn't fear his laser any longer.
The 1991 Devils draft pick announced his retirement Tuesday.
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Unfortunately for them and their fans, that's the only help they got.
New Jersey remains six back of eighth place now with only five games remaining. The Devils' 3-0 win in Philadelphia kept them alive in the playoff hunt with five games left but did them no other good.
Tags: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Scoreboard Watching, Winnipeg Jets
Down six points with just six games left, it's time for the Devils to start helping themselves.
We can go over the scenarios every day, but without New Jersey wins it doesn't matter. The Devils are 0-6-4 in their last 10 yet are still mathematically alive.
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New Jersey clearly can't get into the tournament without winning some games. It also hasn't gotten much help lately.
Still, as it is mathematically possible for the Devils to get in, we keep it up.
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New Jersey's 5-4 loss to Boston Wednesday leaves it in dire straits. The Devils trail the three-way tie for sixth by four points with only eight games left.
The only solace New Jersey can take is it will have destiny in its own hands. The Devils will meet Ottawa Friday in a crucial affair at Prudential Center. Three of New Jersey's final eight will be against the Rangers and Sens.
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- The regular collection of links from the Devils' 5-4 loss to the Bruins on Wednesday at Prudential Center (NorthJersey.com) (NJ.com) (AP) (NHL.com).
- New Jersey's eighth-straight loss, coupled with Bryce Salvador's injury and the Rangers' shootout win over Toronto, has the team's playoff hopes in dire straits (Fire & Ice).
- Andy Greene says the Devils are playing for their lives (NJ.com).
This one hurts as much as a Zdeno Chara slapshot to the wrist. While the rival (and eighth-place) Rangers won in a shootout to move four points head of the Devils, New Jersey lost what felt like a microcosm of their entire season. There was the awful start, injuries to key players affecting the team and the Devils coming up just short of a tie game and a guaranteed point in overtime. Like I said, this one hurts. Some thoughts...
Fragile: It's a word Pete DeBoer used to describe his team after the Devils allowed three early goals despite the Bruins taking four penalties in five minutes AND Martin Brodeur stopping a penalty shot. It seemed a wildly appropriate description for a team that has been known to cave at the end of periods, surrender goals in bunches and lose their heads in their own zone. There's a reason why the Devils always seem to play better after DeBoer calls a timeout. He can read whether they need a kick in the ass or a moment to breathe and then suddenly, they look like a different team. It happened tonight and it's happened countless other times this season. The team's psyche is fragile and they don't have enough extraordinarily talented players on the roster to carry them through rough patches. Without Ilya Kovalchuk, it's a collection of "guys" -- some with high-quality talent, but most without. A "fragile" team combined with a limited roster is a bad combination and it's why they've gone one two very bad losing streaks this season. This is not a team that can answer the bell and fight through adversity, which is so strange since it's nearly the same team as last year's that basically made adversity its 24th man on the bench. THIS is where we're seeing and feeling the loss of Zach Parise, who's attitude, work ethic and willingness to buy in no matter what would drive the Devils through difficult times. Maybe Travis Zajac or Adam Henrique will get there some day, but they're not there now.
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New Jersey trails the eighth-placed Rangers by just two points with 17 days left. The Devils are four points behind the two-way tie for sixth between Ottawa and the Islanders.
The Isles and Senators seem to be going in opposite directions. Ottawa's lost five straight-- including a 3-2 loss in Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Islanders are 7-2-1 in their last 10 and knocked off Philadelphia 4-1 on Tuesday in Uniondale, N.Y.
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- The Devils will try to end two streaks Wednesday when they meet the Bruins, as Rich Chere explores (NJ.com).
- Ilya Kovalchuk practiced on Wednesday... (Devils.com).
- ... still, the timetable for Kovalchuk's return is unclear, according to Tom Gulitti (NorthJersey.com).
- Mike Stromberg explores the Devils' inability to win in shootouts (In Lou We Trust).
If you can play better in a loss, I'd like to see it. OK, maybe if you scored some goals, but I'm not sure how much more the Devils could've done tonight. They dominated puck possession, neutralized the Bruins' offense and put tons of pucks on net -- all to come up with nothing. Even worse, with the way things are unfolding around the East, they've fallen out of the playoff picture for now. Not a good night, to say the least. Some thoughts...
Everything but the kitchen sink: The Devils did it all tonight. They threw pucks at the net, they deked the Bruins out of their jocks (Andy Greene says "Hi" Shawn Thornton) and they had Tuukka Rask running all around his crease. Yet, at the end of the day, it was a zero on the scoreboard. While I've spent countless posts here lamenting the Devils' lack of a finisher, never was it more apparent than tonight. Say the Devils didn't get "puck luck" and I'll say you're being naive. Tell me the Devils should've scored four times tonight and I'll respond, "But they didn't." None of this is to say the Devils played poorly in the offensive end; it was quite the opposite. The Devils did so many things well tonight, reducing the Bruins (arguably the second-best team in the East) to nothing more than partners in an optional skate. But the one thing they didn't do outweighs all the positive because this time of the year isn't about "building." Just like coffee, April is for closers, which is one thing the Devils have been woefully lacking since January 19. There's no relying on Ilya Kovalchuk's return. It's not coming "anytime soon," according to Pete DeBoer. That means "future Hall of Famer" Patrick Elias, "budding power forward" David Clarkson and promising young centers Travis Zajac and Adam Henrique need to start putting pucks into the net. Devils fans ask if this team can make a run like last season but tonight was 60 minutes worth of reasons why they might not even get the chance.
Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Andrei Loktionov, Boston Bruins, Bruins, BRYCE SALVADOR, B's, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Lou Lamoriello, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC, Zach Parise
New Jersey dropped its fourth straight Monday night, 3-1, to the ninth-placed Islanders. Meanwhile, across the river, the Rangers polished off the Jets 4-2.
Both results moved the New York squads within two points of seventh place. New Jersey, which hasn't been outside the top-eight all season, could be by the week's end.
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With the Devils' 5-4 shootout loss to Tampa Bay, there are now seven teams within four points of eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
It makes for a thrilling final three-and-a-half weeks left of this season.
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- Check out the Albany Devils' highlights from a 2-1 weekend (AlbanyDevils.com)
- The Flyers are calling their home-and-home series with New Jersey this week "the biggest games" of their season to date (NJ.com).
- The Eastern Conference had just one ?game on the docket last night-- Boston's 3-2 shootout win in Ottawa. (NHL.com)
For Devils fans -- with Andrei Loktionov and Alex Ponikarovsky's acquisitions-- the trade word has already entered your lexicon. And though the trade deadline is still 45 days away, a blockbuster involving the Devils is not out of the question.
So here's the question: should the Devils get in on the Jarome Iginla sweepstakes.
Tags: Alex Ponikarovsky, Andrei Loktionov, Boston Bruins, Buzz, Doug Gilmour, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jarome Iginla, MATTIAS TEDENBY, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Fl, Pittsburgh Penguins, Editorial Aside, Ryan Carter
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.
Tags: Boston Bruins, Bruins, B's, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Stefan Matteau
Hedberg admitted he was distracted by the flying hot dog (Shaun White's new nickname?) and the refs forced Seguin to shoot again. Of course, Seguin scored again anyway, but I'd expect this didn't over too well at the NHL's offices. Can you imagine if this had happened on NBC? Wait -- if something bad happens and it's not on NBC, does it even happen? Hmmm.