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.
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.
A trio of posts from the prolific Tom Gulitti paint a perfect picture of Wednesday night’s loss. He writes of Kovalchuk’s shootout shortcomings, frustrated head coach John MacLean’s time-out eruption and the positives of the Devils’ prospects.
In Lou We Trust says that while Kovalchuk will be remembered as the game’s culprit, the defense shares a larger share of the blame.
Prior to the game, the New York Post’s Mark Everson penned an article suggesting jobs were on the line during Wednesday’s game. He even goes so far as to suggest Lou Lamoriello’s 23-year tenure as GM could come to an end.
Puck Daddy breaks down the lowlight of the night. Bet you can guess what it is.