The New Jersey Devils rallied back from two deficits,but did not have enough left in the tank to win a shootout in Buffalo as the Sabres took a 4-3 shootout win. The Devils do earn one point in the standings for their first point in three games.
Devils goals to Steve Bernier (6),Adam Henrique (5 shorthanded) and Andrei Loktionov (3).
New Jersey takes today off before traveling to Toronto tomorrow and the waiting Leafs....
1) Ryan Carter returned and assisted on the Steve Bernier goal.
For the things that could be tweaked,the Carter/Bernier/Stephen Gionta line will not be one of them....
2) Don't want to hit the panic button,but this recent string of play has sent the Devils from first in the conference to seventh.
Just a note...
3) The Devils shootout squad really misses Zach Parise,perhaps more than any other part of the team.
Basically,it has come down to this-Ilya Kovalchuk needs to score on his chance or the team loses.
The Devils do not have enough players skilled in the shootout to overcome a Kovalchuk miss...
4) More great playing on the penalty kill as the Devils killed all six of Buffalo's power plays with one huge overtime kill.
Combined with the Adam Henrique goal shorthanded and the PK is performing well.
5) Wish I could say the same of the power play which put up a goose egg in five attempts and allowed Jason Pomenville to score shorthanded.
If the Devils make a move soon,it could be to add some one to strengthen this unit....
6) I thought Ryan Miller's taunting of Adam Henrique after the game ending save was pretty bush league.
Considering Miller has played for the gold medal in Olympic play to get that hyped up over a regular season game was pretty weak.
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