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Game 40: Woeful Start Dooms Devils, Losing Streak Now 8

Posted in on by Dan Pennucci

The Devils have been playing behind seemingly all season, usually making a valiant effort to get back into the mix. Wednesday’s loss 5-4 to Boston was a microcosm of their recent struggles, as the Devils attempted to erase a 4-0 lead after being blessed with tremendous scoring opportunities early in the game.

New Jersey outshot Boston 12-8 in the first period, yet when 0-for-4 on the power play, surrendering two shorthanded goals and ultimately losing 3-0 before giving up another tally in the second period. Travis Zajac and Patrik Elias pulled two goals back late in the second period then Andy Greene cut the deficit to 4-3 with a goal at 5:58 of the third. Tyler Seguin essentially iced the win for Boston with a goal less than two minutes later while Matt D’Agostini tallied his first as a Devil in the game’s dying seconds.

The Devils can also expect to be without the services of at least one of their veteran defensemen, as Bryce Salvador blocked a Zdeno Chara slapshot with his wrist in the second period while Anton Volchenkov may be hearing from Brendan Shanahan and the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. Volchenkov threw an elbow at the helmet of Boston’s talented agitator Brad Marchand, earning himself a misconduct penalty.

While the Devils were able to make the game competitive and claw themselves back into the game, it simply wasn’t enough to overcome a woeful start. The Devils are seeing themselves slide further down the Eastern Conference standings with this recent eight-game skid, which was exacerbated on Wednesday by the Rangers securing the bonus point in a 3-2 shootout win over fifth-place Toronto.

The Devils face Ottawa on Friday, in essentially a must-win game if they want to entertain their hopes of making the postseason.

One has to wonder how Jonathan Drouin will look in red and black? Nathan MacKinnon? It’s unlikely the Devils will win the draft lottery, but the thought of the team getting an impact player in the draft is entertaining.

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