Newark, N.J. - The New Jersey Devils continued to play dismal with another loss tonight. Despite a rally, the defensemen did not play very well at all. In fact, they would have been more effective on the bench.
The first period was all Boston Bruins. The B’s got off to a hot start with a goal 1:10 into the first period from Gregory Campbell. Less than four minutes later, Daniel Paille scored a shorthanded goal. There was no defense helping Martin Brodeur, it was embarrassing for the Devils.
The Bruins got another shorthanded chance on a breakaway for Johnny Boychuk. Marek Zidlicky hooked him after Boychuk came out of the penalty box. Brodeur had a great stop to keep the game within two.
However, the Devils got down three on Campbell’s second goal of the game. Once again, Brodeur had no chance at saving the shot that was deflection. It was the Bruins second shorthanded goal.
The Devils had eight power play minutes and still could not figure out how to score. In fact, they got scored on twice. The defensive play was one of the worst this season. Not one defenseman got back on defense, it was a lazy performance overall.
THe Devils gave up a power play goal from Zdeno Chara to go down 4-0 three minutes into the second period.
Goals from Andy Greene and Matt D’Agostini in the third proved to be not enough for the Devils. Mark Fayne left Tyler Seguin alone in front to score the fifth Bruins goal. It was the final blow to the Devils hopes of a comeback.
Overall, the Devils defense played so bad. Toward the end of the game, Zidlicky looked lost on the ice. He was staying away from the play and had a very lazy performance.
The Devils play again Friday night against the Ottawa Senators at the Prudential Center. At this point of the season, if the Devils do not win Friday, there is no chance that they will make the playoffs.
Attendance - 17,625
1st Star - Gregory Campbell (2 goals)
2nd Star - Jaromir Jagr (2 assists)
3rd Star - Travis Zajac (Goal)