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The New Jersey Devils blew another late lead and fell to the Nashville Predators 3-2 in overtime. The loss brings their record to 23-21-12 on the season.


- It looked like the Devils had this one locked up at 2-1 until David Legwand scored for the Predators with 11 seconds left.

- Nashville followed that up with a goal by Shea Weber, just 1:29 into the extra session. For Weber, it was his second goal of the night.

- Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr both scored second period goals for the Devils.


With the memory of their late goal against in Dallas still fresh, the Devils failed to protect a late lead for the second time in as many nights. This time, Shea Weber made them pay and the Devils squandered a crucial point.

Earlier in the day, there was uncertainty as to if the the Predators' captain would play. Not only did he play, but Weber, who possesses one of the hardest shots in the game burned Cory Schneider twice. 

Yes, a lot can be made about another late-game collapse. Protecting third period leads is so important, but you can't put all of that on the defense. Two nights in a row, the Devils could have put the game away with a third period goal and twice they failed to do so. While they did have a lead going into the final 60 seconds tonight, they were unable to capitalize on some big chances in the third to put it away.

The play that tied it was a bit of luck. It seemed like the pass deflected off a stick. Is that on the defense? Yes, to an extent, but sometimes bad bounces just happen. The only way to protect against any sort of unfortunately late bounce is to score an insurance goal, which the Devils have not been able to do.

The reality is that this lost point hurts. With a division as close as the Metropolitan Division, down the road, this point could be the difference between third and sixth, that's how close things are.

Schneider was solid between the pipes for most of the game, but he was caught in a scrum on the great pass that resulted in Legwand's tying goal. On the game-winner, Weber did what he does best and ripped it past Schneider, despite a clear view of the shooter for the Devils netminder.

A point on the road is usually considered at least a good effort, but this one is much worse than that. The Devils had a chance to move into a two-way tie with Carolina for third place in the East at 59 points. Instead, they are in a four-way tie for 9th place. That shows you how important every single point is from here on out.

The Devils did come close to winning in overtime, but Michael Ryder's breakaway attempt was denied by Carter Hutton.

New Jersey will take the ice at home on Monday against the Colorado Avalanche with a chance to turn things around and grab some crucial points before the Olympic break.

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