No Luck for the Devils in 3-2 loss to Ottawa

New York, NY - There have been some tough breaks for the New Jersey Devils (8-18-2) this season, and many fans will include Friday night’s 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators (13-16-2) as one such example.

The Devils fought hard all evening long and had the offensive momentum in the third period of play, but ultimately could not cash in on any goals as Ottawa skated away with the 3-2 victory. One of the best opportunities for the Devils happened at the 9:31 mark of the third period of play as David Clarkson tried to tie the two teams up at 3-3 with a snapshot.

Once the puck went into the net and the Devils started to celebrate you can see the members on the Ottawa squad all making one motion. That of a kicking motion. The officials went to the video review booth and immediately reversed the call, for one of the more unfortunate moments for the Devils this season.

To turn back the hands of time a bit Ottawa began the game with their first goal at the 15:30 mark as Erik Karlsson netted a slap shot, which game the Senators the 1-0 lead. Ottawa held on to that lead skating into the second period of play.

It wasn’t until a power play goal from Patrik Elias who sent in the first Devils tally on a wrist shot, at the 4:46 mark of the second period that notched the two teams at 1-1. The Senators would respond with a wrist shot from Milan Michalek at the 9:39 mark. Then about three minutes later at the 11:55 mark Jarkko Ruutu made it 3-1 with a wrist shot of his own.

The Devils would then finally gain the offensive momentum on a wicked slap shot by Dainius Zubrus who recorded the second Devils power play goal in the game. The New Jersey power play has been doing well lately

Thankfully for Devils fans their misfortunes do not happen on the penalty kill as the special teams yet again rose to the occasion. On this Friday night game they were able to kill off four penalties that could have cushioned the Ottawa lead.

In the cage for the Devils keeper Martin Brodeur made 26 saves in his first appearance in eight games following a right elbow injury. For the Devils this losing streak has now reached four games in a row.

On the other side of the ice Ottawa keeper Pascal Leclaire was stellar yet again for the Senators, making 29 saves. One of the more impressive saves for Leclaire was on a point blank shot by Jason Arnott at the 10:13 mark of the third period of play.

Now the Devils will return home, where they have had some success this season. They will go up against Central Conference power Detroit Red Wings for a 7:00 p.m. face-off on Saturday night.

Charity note: The New Jersey Devils’ annual coat drive will take place on Saturday, December 11, 2010 when the club host the Red Wings at the Prudential Center. This will be the 15th season that the club has teamed-up with Jersey Cares. Volunteers from Jersey Cares will be located at various entrances to collect the coats, and all those who donate will be eligible to win autographed Devils’ memorabilia.