So close, yet so far. In the final minute of tonight's game, the Devils pulled Martin Brodeur during a penalty kill and swarmed the zone of the Carolina Hurricanes. They were down 3-2 and were desparate for an equalizer. Stephen Gionta re-directed a shot in front of Cam Ward and the puck just trickled wide. Bobby Butler bravely dove at it but couldn't knock it in. The Devils recovered but a misfired pass led to Justin Faulk clearing it up to Eric Staal, who fed Jiri Tlusty for the empty net goal. The Devils were incredibly close to getting a late game-tying goal but the Canes sealed the 4-2 win. They were so close, yet so far from getting something out of tonight's game.
However, the Devils have no one to blame but themselves for being in such a situation. The Devils were fortunate to end the first period 1-0 as the Hurricanes repeatedly and successfully gained the zone to start the game and throw pucks towards Brodeur. The nadir was when the fourth line got pinned back by Eric Staal's line, which was then followed by the Travis Zajac line and the Adam Henrique line getting pinned back in successive shifts. The Canes did what they could whereas the Devils just had issues clearing the puck, much less making passes up ice. They only got away with the first period lead due to Ilya Kovalchuk firing a rocket top-shelf past Ward on the team's first power play.
Devils Thwarted by Carolina Hurricanes, 4-2; Snapped Six Game Winning Streak
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