Ottawa, ON - The New Jersey Devils took on the Ottawa Senators in an attempt to end their winless season, but their efforts were spoiled by an outstanding performance by Craig Anderson.
The big story for tonights game was the horrendous power play. The Devils had seven power play chances and only converted once, on a 5-on-3 at the start of the third period. Travis Zajac beat Anderson less than a minute into the period, but regardless the Devils did not convert on the other six man-advantages.
Ten minutes later, Steve Bernier pulled the Devils within one on a beautiful wrist shot off of the cross bar.
That was not enough to beat the Senators. They beat the Devils with two goals in the first, one in the second, and two more in the third.
Martin Brodeur was not on top of his game tonight, especially early on in the game. Erik Karlsson beat Brodeur low-blocker side with a slap shot from the top of the circle, usually a shot Marty would kick save. Then 2:21 later, Bobby Ryan scored from a tough angle that Brodeur did not even move for.
It seems like he just is not into the games right now, which is understandable after what happened in his family this preseason. I feel bad for Marty, but maybe a few games off would help clear his mind and help the Devils get a win.
The Devils play again on Saturday against the New York Rangers for the first game of the Hudson River Rivalry in 2013-14.
1st Star - Craig Anderson
2nd Star - Stephen Gionta
3rd Star - Bobby Ryan