Poor D, Kovy flub doom Devils

November, 11, 2010
11/11/10
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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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