The New Jersey Devils suffered their second straight extra time loss of the season Tuesday when the Boston Bruins rallied from a 1-0 deficit to force overtime and eventually won in the shootout, 2-1.
The defeat drops New Jersey to 3-0-2 and Johan Hedberg was the hard-luck loser in his season debut.
"It makes me angry to lose them. I want to win," Hedberg said. "I want to make that extra save to make sure we come out on top. If I don't, it's a little extra sour taste in my mouth. It usually evens out."
Coach Pete DeBoer wasn't the least bit upset with Hedberg.
"He was great," DeBoer said. "You take it for granted. You get used to those type of performances out of him. Until you really sit and think about what he's accomplishing after sitting there for that long, to come out and have a game like that, is great and a great luxury for us."
Hedberg hadn't appeared in a game since replacing Martin Brodeur in the first round of the playoffs, so the fact he came close to posting a shutout, allowing only Nathan Horton's goal with 4:05 left in the game, is pretty impressive.
In the shootout, Tyler Seguin scored on the first attempt, but the goal was waved off when something was thrown on to the ice from behind the goal.
"I think it was half a hamburger or a big size hot dog," Hedberg told reporters. "Some type of food. Something came flying. It was a little distraction."
Seguin scored on his second attempt to put the Bruins up, 1-0. Ilya Kovalchuk tied it and then the goalies came up big, stopping the next four attempts. Brad Marchand scored the winner for Boston. Patrik Elias, Tavis Zajac, David Clarkson, Jacob Josefson and Marek Zidlicky were all stopped by Bruins goalie Tuuka Rask.
"He fooled me a little bit," Hedberg said of Marchand. "I thought he was going to keep going and he gave it a quick little twist of his blade at the last second and went back five-hole."
New face in the lineup – The Devils recalled 30-year-old Matt Anderson to take Mattias Tedenby's roster spot last night. He skated on a line with Josefson and Krys Barch.
“It’s obviously exciting,” Anderson said. “It’s something you work pretty hard for. I’m a 30-year-old rookie here, first time here. It’s something you prepare for for a long time. It’s something I always believed in myself I could do and I’m going to try to make the most of my opportunity here and contribute however I can.”
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