If you're a "glass full" observer, the New Jersey Devils have won six of their last eight games.
If you're of the "glass is empty persuasion," hen the Devils have dropped two of their last three after Saturday's 5-1 loss to the New York Islanders, a game in which John Tavares scored a hat trick and New Jersey allowed three power-play goals. For the glass-empty set, that's eight power-play goals allowed in the last five games.
“I don’t think discipline cost us the game,” New Jersey coach Pete DeBoer said. “Yeah we took some penalties, yeah they scored on the power play, but I really liked our first period. There was a five, six-minute stretch there in the second period that the game got away from us. I thought after the first we could have been up by a couple and it’s a different game."
So, there wasn't a lot to like about Saturday's loss, a setback that seems similar to the 5-1 drubbing at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Now the Devils can get on the roll that came after that loss.
“I don’t think it was a 5-1 game, but that’s what the scoreboard said, so we’ll have to deal with it,” DeBoer told reporters, pointing out his team is still 9-3-3 and has 21 points.
Yes, that's far from shabby.
“We lost a game tonight,” DeBoer said. “No one likes to lose, but you’re going to lose some games. There’re no easy stretches this season and we’ve got to bounce back on Monday afternoon.” That's when the Ottawa Senators come to Prudential Center for a 1 p.m.game.
Defenseman Bryce Salvador told Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record that New Jersey's penalty killers have to get their act together, especially against the Islanders, who have scored seven times with the man advantage in four games.
“The bottom line is our PK wasn’t good enough,” Salvador told Gulitti. “That’s the difference of the game. Every night you’re going to go up against great players and the Islanders have four strong lines. The PK just wasn’t sharp and we didn’t keep the momentum going our way.”
Adam Henrique agreed with the assessment.
“I think we just made a few mistakes there on the PK,” said Henrique, who got caught chasing Brad Boyes behind the net and then couldn't stop a pass back out from that resulted in a Matt Moulson goal. “I jumped down in the corner when I probably shouldn’t have there. So, we were beating ourselves at times. I tried to get there the same time, but it got through somehow. I should have held in front.”
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