Devils “Didn’t Deserve” Two Points

If there was one overarching theme from tonight’s game, it was the notion, no the declarative statement, that the Devils didn’t deserve to win tonight’s game despite battling back to tie the game three times. Not with their performance on faceoffs, not after their failed power plays and most definitely not after the way way they killed penalties.

“We didn’t deserve to win. Wer didn’t play well enough to win,” coach Pete DeBoer said after the game. ” … You get what you deserve in this game. We had some opportunities to win, but we didn’t play well enough to earn two points.”

The Devils know they made too many mistakes to deserve two points Thursday.

The Devils know they made too many mistakes to deserve two points Thursday.

It was a theme the team’s veteran leaders echoed before DeBoer even told us.

“We didn’t play good enough to deserve a win tonight. We had one line playing the right way,” Patrik Elias said, referring to the third line that accounted for two of the Devils’ four goals.

Captain Bryce Salvador seemingly towed the company line, noting that the Devils were doing fine when they were forechecking and playing their game, but simply made too many mistakes.

“They capitalized seemingly every time we made a bad play,” he said. ” … We’re happy with the point but we shoulda had two tonight.”

It wasn’t hard to sense a trend in the Devils’ words Thursday. They let one get away and they knew it.

“It’s great that we find a way to get a point. Maybe if we woulda played a full 60 the outcome would have been different,” said Adam Henrique, who scored, what else, a game-tying goal in his first game back.

Elias said DeBoer didn’t say anything to the team after the game, but “he doesn’t have to. We know we didn’t play good enough and what we did wrong.”

While the players were certainly hard on themselves, DeBoer wasn’t all doom and gloom. As he has trumpeted all season, the Devils picked up another point despite the loss, something they’ve done in every single game this season, which is pretty spectacular if you think about it.

“It’s a 30-team league and I think there’s only three or four (teams) that can claim that,” DeBoer said of not losing a game in regulation through the first six games. ” … This season is gonna be a grind and there’s gonna be all kinds of different levels of hockey and you just gotta find a way to stick with it and scrape out points and I think that’s what we’re doing.”

That’s a quote NBA fans heard a lot last season during their lockout-shortened season. There won’t be a perfect effort every night. With teams playing basically four games a night, there’s bound to be off nights and sub-par performances, but the fact that the Devils are a self-aware, veteran-laden team should serve them well.

“We’re not happy about the way we played today, but we got a point and we have to move on,” Martin Brodeur said. “We have got two big games this weekend. There’s nothing to dwell on. We’ll get back to work tomorrow.”

Sounds about right.

Final: Flyers 4 Devils 3

Scoring Summary:
First Period- Parise (3)
Second Period- Briere (6) and Van Riemsdyk (1) and Zajac (4)
Third Period- Giroux (7) and Sykora (1)
Overtime- Briere (7)

Next Game: 5/1 at Philadelphia Flyers at 7:30 pm

Ilya Kovalchuk Postgame:
“You can’t win all the games in overtime, so you have to watch what you did wrong and make sure you don’t do it again next game.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“We haven’t made excuses for those kind of things all year. I’m not going to start now. They were the hungrier team in the second half, so what the reason for it doesn’t matter right now. We’ve got to get ready for Game 2.”

Team Stats:
Flyers outdrew the Devils 38-31
Flyers outshot the Devils 36-26
Devils went 1 for 3 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Flyers 31-27

Player Stats:

Final: Devils 3 Panthers 2

Scoring Summary:
First Period- Bernier (2)
Second Period- Kovalchuk (3) and Versteeg (3) and Bergenheim (3)
Third Period- None
Overtime- Zajac (3)

Next Game: at Florida Panthers 4/26 at TBA

Team Stats:
Devils outdrew the Panthers 30-28
Devils outshot the Panthers 42-16
Devils went 1 for 4 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Panthers 28-27

Player Stats:

The Devils completely outshot the Panthers tonight however the numbers are a bit deceiving. It was more quantity than quality tonight. At times in the 2nd and 3rd period the Devils look out of sync and flat. But when it mattered Zach Parise made a great defensively play on Weiss to stop a 2 on 1 which would ultimately set up Zajac for the game winning goal. The Devils need to carry this momentum into Florida with ton of energy, think 1st period of game 1 kind of energy.

Final: Panthers 3 Devils 0

Scoring Summary:
First Period- None
Second Period- Versteeg (2)
Third Period- Upshall (1) and Kopecky (1)

Next Game: vs Florida Panthers 4/24 at TBA

Zach Parise Postgame:
“We don’t care about the past. We have to find a way to win two in a row. We have to win. We have no choice.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“We know the spot we’re in. We’ve got to win at home and then we’re playing one game to move on. So, we’ve got to take care of business at home.”

Team Stats:
Panthers outdrew the Devils 31-27
Panthers outshot the Devils 33-30
Devils went 0 for 3 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Panthers 47-46

Player Stats:

Final: Panthers 4 Devils 2

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Scoring Summary:
First Period- Weiss (1)
Second Period- Weiss (2) and Goc (1)
Third Period- Zajac (1) and Kovalchuk (1) and Fleischmann (1)

Next Game: vs Florida Panthers 4/17 at 7:00 pm

Ilya Kovalchuk Postgame:
“I think we gave them a good push in the third, but it just wasn’t enough. I think we all liked the way we played in the third period, so we just have to keep playing the same way.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“I think we would have taken a split coming down here. There’s no easy match-ups in the NHL playoffs. I don’t think anyone expected that anyone was going to beat anybody in four. We got a split. Now, have to take care of business at home.”

Team Stats:
Panthers outdrew the Devils 29-24
Devils outshot the Panthers 25-24
Devils went 0 for 2 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Panthers 52-50

Player Stats:

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Final: Devils 4 Senators 2

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Scoring Summary:
First Period- Gilroy (3) and Kovalchuk (36)
Second Period- O’Brien (3) and Sykora (21)
Third Period- Gionta (1) and Kovalchuk (37)

Postseason starts April 11th. Devils will play the Florida Panthers.

Stephen Gionta Postgame:
“Every kid grows up hoping he scores a goal in the NHL and I’m just thankful for the opportunity the Devils gave me. It was a dream come true.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“The reason we brought him in here was to take a look at him and I’ll sit down with Lou now and with Josefson out we’re going to need somebody out of that group of guys that we’ve looked at this year to be with us and potentially play.”

Team Stats:
Devils outdrew the Senators 25-24
Devils outshot the Senators 35-33
Devils went 2 for 3 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Senators 14-10

Player Stats:

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Final: Devils 3 Islanders 1

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Scoring Summary:
First Period- Elias (26) and Moulson (35)
Second Period- Zajac (2)
Third Period- Kovalchuk (35)

Next Game: 4/5 at Detroit Red Wings 7:30 pm.

Travis Zajac Postgame:
“The first few games, it’s a fast game. I didn’t feel as great as I wanted to, but I think each game I feel more confident and I’m holding on to the puck a little longer and not throwing it away as much as I thought I was games before. So, I think that’s the key if I’m playing with those two guys, controlling the puck and getting them the puck as much as possible because, obviously, they’re great players and it’s easy to play with them.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“I liked how we played in the second and third period periods tonight. I didn’t like our first period. I thought we were a little loose. We talked about it between the first and second, tightened up our game, got the big power-play goal and I liked our game from that point forward.”

Team Stats:
Islanders outdrew the Devils 26-18
Islanders and Devils tied in shots 20-20
Devils went 1 for 4 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Islanders 22-21

Player Stats:

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