Newark, N.J.- Same thing, different day for the New Jersey Devils. Groundhog day came one day late for them after blowing their lead in the final minutes of the game not once, or twice, but three times in a row. This time they saw their 1-0 lead vanish to the Colorado Avalanche.
The Devils went up 1-0 at 18:25 in the first period when Ryan Carter scored a one-timer from Steve Bernier. It was Carter’s fifth goal of the year and was his first goal on his forehand this season. His previous four goals all came on the backhand this season, congratulations to Carter for learning how to use his forehand!
That was it for the Devils goal scoring tonight. They came close a few times after hitting the post three times and having a puck stop on the goal line. Nothing was going the Devils way.
Finally after Cory Schneider shut out the Avalanche for 58:13, but after they were pinned in the zone for what seemed like an eternity, the Devils caved and gave up a goal. P.A. Parenteau deflected in a point shot from Tyson Barrie, giving Schneider no chance.
Just seconds after they scored, Michael Ryder coughed up the puck in the neutral zone, giving Matt Duchene a breakaway and caused Andy Greene to take a slashing penalty.
In OT, the Devils only lasted 28-seconds before Duchene fed Ryan O’Reilly in front of the net for an easy tip-in and game winner.
The Devils took five penalties in the game and killed four of them. Schneider played unbelievable again, but the team just cannot support him with goals, let alone clear the puck in the final minute.
This team just has no confidence anymore late in games and everyone seems lost out there. It would be a huge sigh of relief for them to enter the final minutes with more than a one goal lead, but that will not happen any time soon.
But it is okay, you have to remember the silver lining in this game, and that is even though we gave up the lead in the last minute of the game for the third straight time, we earned a point!….
The Devils will have a few days off before taking on the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night. Hopefully they can get some practice time before then, but who knows what Pete DeBoer has planned.