They ended up losing 3-1 when Devin Setoguchi put one into the empty net with only 28 seconds left in the game. The Jets controlled the first half of the game, but the Devils started to get going after that. The defense started getting shots to the net at will. They weren’t able to get anything past Ondrej Pavelec until deep into the third period. The Devils seemed to be streak busters, but in a negative way for them. Pavelec won his first game in his last four. Evander Kane scored his first goal in 12 games. Mark Scheifele scored his first goal of the season. It was not a good night of firsts for the Devils.
Patrik Elias was finally able to get a puck past Pavelec when he tipped in and Andy Greene shot into the net about half way through the third period. It was retribution for Elias as he had a beautiful opportunity on a 2-o- 1 with Adam Henrique that he rang off the post. They continued the pressure throughout the rest of the game and got big chances from Eric Gelinas and Jaromir Jagr late. It wasn’t enough in the end, as they couldn’t get any more in the back of the net. At the end of the day, the lack of offensive punch for the Devils lately is finally catching up to them.
Martin Brodeur played well coming off the scary sight on Saturday. He was down for a few minutes with a neck injury. Too bad his team couldn’t score enough to get him the win.
This was a game the Devils needed to win. They were coming home from a big road trip and they needed to start this part of the season off right. They lost a chance to jump back into third place when the New York Rangers lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning. They need to do something to shake this team up again because they cannot be losing to teams that they should be beating.
They need to play much better for the next three games to make sure they get the wins that they should. They play a home and home with the Carolina Hurricanes and then take on the Buffalo Sabres. They should win all of these games. If they don’t, then Peter DeBoer needs to re-evaluate things.