Poor D, Kovy flub doom Devils

One point is better than nothing, but given the Devils’ slow start to the season the shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday night feels rather disappointing.

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On the positive side, the vets stepped up (two goals by Jason Arnott and another by Jamie Langenbrunner) and a fresh face made a solid impact (Mattias Tedenby earned his first NHL point with an assist on Arnott’s first goal). Still it wasn’t enough to earn a badly needed win.

The Devils enjoyed a 4-3 lead in the third period when everyone on the ice decided to stare at the puck-carrier behind Johan Hedberg’s crease and leave Tyler Ennis all alone on the doorstep for the slam dunk tying goal.

The end of the shootout poured about a gallon of salt into the Devils’ sizeable early-season wounds, as Ilya Kovalchuk flubbed Jersey’s final attempt to tie it without even mustering a shot. Instead the puck trickled off his stick as he skated in on back-up netminder Jhonas Enroth. If nothing else it was a tidy metaphor for the Devils’ struggles to this point.

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