The Least You Should Know:
- The Devils drop to 0-3 in the shootout this season after failing to beat Roberto Luongo in the skills competition.
- Rookie defenseman Eric Gelinas played in his first NHL game and scored his first career goal on the power play in the first period.
- The Devils outshot the Canucks 30-21, which included 17 shots in the third period.
- Cory Schneider took much of the blame for the loss. "Those were two bad goals there that cost us a point. It shouldn't have even gone to a shootout," said Schneider after the loss. "It's my fault we lost a point tonight."
Another strong night, yet an all too familiar result.
The Devils fell in a shootout for the third time this season after a game where they felt they played well enough to get two points.
Sure, there are positives to take away. The line of Andrei Loktionov, Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr was excellent. They connected on a first period goal that was about as pretty as they come.
Eric Gelinas stepped into the lineup and made his presence felt right away. His first period power play goal gave the Devils a 2-1 lead. Gelinas tallied 16:27 of ice time and had a great defensive play in overtime that cancelled a Vancouver opportunity.
Still, all of the strong points to their play don't hold much merit when the results just aren't there. One win in their first ten games leaves a lot to be desired.
"I thought we were the better team out there for the 65 minutes, said Patrik Elias. " We had plenty of chances to win that hockey game."
"It's tough because there have been games where we played pretty good hockey and didn't find a way to win and tonight is another example of that. We've got to stay positive, but I wish we got those two points tonight because we deserved it tonight," added Elias.
Things won't get much easier for the Devils as they travel to Boston on Saturday to take on the Bruins and Tuukka Rask, who has been nothing short of sensational so far this season.
"I thought a lot of guys played the right way," said Adam Henrique. "A lot of guys were battling hard and now we have to take that and move forward, we have to do that night in and night out."
Throughout the game, the Devils showed poise on defense, which resulted in a strong game out of the back end, with no glaring breakdowns. Offensively, they moved the puck very well at times and compiled 17 shots on Roberto Luongo in the third period. Despite the flurry of pucks towards the net, they weren't able to solve the Canucks goaltender over the final 45 minutes.
Cory Schneider stopped 19 of 21 Vancouver shots on the night, but gave up two goals that he'd certainly like to have back. The first was a misplayed puck in front of the net and the second was a sneaky shot by Daniel Sedin from the left side that snuck under his right pad. "Danny [Sedin] just stepped into it and I thought he was going to get it up a little bit and I was just a split-second late closing off the ice and it snuck under."
The young netminder was quick to point out that he felt the team played well enough to get the win.
"It was just two real bad goals that cost us a point, it should never have gotten to a shootout," said Schneider, who took the blame for the loss. "It's my fault we lost a point tonight."
It's another frustrating loss for this team, but the feeling around the dressing room seems to be that this team knows that they're playing strong enough hockey to win games.
At some point though, these efforts have to turn into wins. If not, the Devils may soon find themselves in an uphill battle towards qualifying for the postseason.
1. Jaromir Jagr - he was tenacious on the boards and won a plethora of puck battles. He assisted on Patrik Elias's goal and was a force all night.
2. Patrik Elias - Coming off of an illness, you wouldn't know it by his play. Elias was creating scoring opportunities all night.
3. Eric Gelinas - The rookie defenseman certainly didn't look like a rookie out there in his first taste of NHL action. His goal was great, but he was solid in his own zone, which is just as important for him if he hopes to stay in New Jersey.