Someday the Devils will score a goal and maybe even win a game.

Monday was not that day.

The Devils have lost a mind-numbing 10 consecutive games after losing 2-0 for the second game in a row – this time to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.

Phil Kessel broke a scoreless tie with a power-play goal with 6:32 left in regulation and Jay McClement scored into an empty net with 36.3 seconds remaining to seal it as the Devils fell to 0-6-4 in the 10 games since Ilya Kovlachuk injured his right shoulder in a 2-1 victory over Florida on March 23.

Kovalchuk was back in New Jersey on Monday as the Devils were blanked for the third time and were held to one goal or less for the fifth time without him.

“It’s kind of a sickening feeling,” center Travis Zajac said. “I just feel like we deserved better. We’re working hard. We’re doing a lot of good things. I don’t know how to explain it.”

With Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer earning his third shutout of the season, the Devils lost despite a 32-13 advantage in shots on goal. That came after outshooting Ottawa, 33-11, in a 2-0 loss on Friday.


That’s a 65-14 shot advantage, but a 4-0 deficit on the scoreboard.

“Absurd’s a good word for it,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. “I don’t have an answer. I can tell you the guys are emptying the tank and they’re trying everything we ask them to do. This is the NHL. You hold two very good teams to 11 shots and 13 shots. No explanation for it.”