NEWARK, N.J. – And the struggles continue for the New Jersey Devils.
In New Jersey’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators on Monday afternoon, its sluggish play from the last three games was apparent again.
Devils’ goalie Martin Brodeur was spectacular, keeping New Jersey on top of the Senators for most of the day (8-6-2) at Prudential Center, but forward Daniel Alfredsson tapped in a goal midway through the third period to tie the game at one. Brodeur finished with 29 saves.
The Senators were awarded a power play at the tail-end of regulation after a scrum in front of Ottawa’s net resulted in game misconducts for David Clarkson and Chris Neil. Clarkson was handed an extra two minutes for roughing, sending the Senators on a 4-on-3 power play, but they didn’t cash in.
Ben Bishop — the tallest goalie in the NHL at 6’7” — was solid for Ottawa, notching 30 saves on the day.
The overtime loss, giving New Jersey a point, means that it pulls into first-place tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins at 22 points, the highest mark for the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference.
In the Devils’ last four games, they have compiled a 1-2-1 record, falling into their first real slump of the season.
New Jersey will be off for the next two days before a pair of road games against the Washington Capitals on Feb. 21 and Feb. 23.