- The Devils failed to score in the shootout, losing their sixth shootout of the season.
- Martin Brodeur was the bright spot on Friday night, stopping 29 of 30 Columbus shots on the night.
- Adam Henrique scored the only goal for the Devils from Patrik Elias and Marek Zidlicky in the third period.
- The win by Columbus creates a four-way tie for third place in the Metropolitan Division. The Flyers, Rangers, Devils and Blue Jackets all have 38 points.
On a night that was nothing short of ugly for the New Jersey Devils, it was their 41-year-old goaltender that shined brightly.
Martin Brodeur was sensational at times against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but his lone goal against and a converted shootout attempt by Cam Atkinson was enough to win it for Columbus.
For as good as Brodeur was, the offense was equally as anemic at times. There was a post by Travis Zajac and a few other strong scoring attempts on the power play, but the result was another shootout and yet another shootout loss for the Devils.
Considering that the Devils had a chance to stand alone in third place with a win of any sorts, this loss definitely stings. Despite their chances, there was nothing to show for it except another one-point game.
To get back to the shootout, it has been dreadful for New Jersey this season. In six shootouts, Reid Boucher has the ONLY goal scored by a Devil in the skills competition. Pathetic, disgusting, frustrating, take your pick, it'd be appropriate to say.
Considering that Boucher has the only converted attempt this season, it would have made sense to give him a chance, but Pete DeBoer went with Jaromir Jagr, Ryane Clowe and Patrik Elias instead.
Even so, they're still right in the thick of things in the Metropolitan Division. But, if they continue to surrender points via the shootout, especially to a divisional opponent like Columbus, their road to the playoffs will be much more difficult.
The Devils have already lost six points in the shootout and with the log-jam that is the Metropolitan Division, every point will matter.
New Jersey won't have much time to think about the loss, as they'll head to Long Island to take on the struggling Islanders tomorrow night.