“They were booing. They were disappointed. So were we. Trust me,” Patrik Elias said after his first game back from a groin injury. “But we didn’t deserve that today. The effort was there. We were the better team. We understand it, but it wasn’t deserved tonight. I didn’t appreciate it.”
The Devils outshot Ottawa 34-16, five of those shots coming from Elias, but the fans were still unhappy with the home team's performance.
“That’s tough. I don’t think we played a bad game,” defenseman Eric Gelinas said, who led the team with six shots. “We dominated the entire game. I think we played well. They got an early power play goal and that was the game-winner right there. It’s just a matter of scoring.”
Though the Devils might not be so surprised about the booing in the final two minutes of the game, as the night started with boos as well -- coach Pete DeBoer was greeted with boos as his name was announced.
Despite the bookends of boos, DeBoer is still happy with his team's effort on the ice.
“That’s as (good) as we can play and not win," DeBoer said. "They came out and wanted to make a statement about us being at home and I thought the effort was there and the execution was there. They did everything we asked them to do, other than the result. You can’t fault them. They showed up and, I thought, gave everything they had tonight.”