Newark, N.J. - The New Jersey Devils lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs in frustrating fashion tonight. The Devils failed to score more than one goal for the third game in a row. The team worked very hard and outplayed the Leafs by a huge margin, but yet they still could not score.
The Devils got down early once again on a deflection from Leo Komarov’s second of the year. The goal just barely beat Martin Brodeur to his glove-side. The Devils outplayed and outshot the Leafs 13-6 in the first period.
The Devils also had four power play chances in the first period, including a 5-on-3, yet the Devils could not do anything on the power play. Marek Zidlicky played very poorly on the power play tonight. He turned the puck over and lost the zone frequently. There needs to be something the Devils can do to have a more potent power play. Pete DeBoer has done everything possible to try to score goals, but nothing seems to work.
A thought by my inner-coach would be to change the entire formation of the power play to make it less predictable, I will go further into this in my next article.
The game was scoreless in a stressful and very feisty second period. Brodeur played very well saving a multitude of shots by the Leafs during three penalty kills.
In the third period, Tyler Bozak of Toronto scored his 11th goal of the year on a shot that barely crossed the goal line.
It added to the high stress level of not only the Devils players, but the Devils fans as well.
Clarkson later brought the game within one, but the Devils could not capitalize on their sixth power play of the game with less than a minute remaining.
This loss is the sixth straight game without a win, and the second six game winless streak of the season. Also, both the Rangers and Islanders won tonight making the Devils further from a playoff spot.
The Devils play again tomorrow night at the Buffalo Sabres, if they cannot win the season will end early for the Devils.
Attendance - 17,625
1st Star - James Reimer
2nd Star - Tyler Bozak
3rd Star - David Clarkson