By Jeff O’Connor
What Happened: The New Jersey Devils allowed three unanswered goals in the third period to lose to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night by a 4-2 final score.
Star of the Game: Clarke MacArthur and Nazem Kadri – They opened the scoring and teamed up to tally the game-winner. MacArthur’s was pretty. Got the puck down low, spun to the front of the net and scored the last necessary goal for Toronto.
Goat of the Game: Everyone affiliated with not allowing goals – Johan Hedberg was awful and besides Marek Zidlicky, was there anyone’s game who was likeable on defense?
Turning Point: Jay McClement’s goal. The Devils just turned in a fantastic second period where they grabbed the lead. How do they follow it up? Allowing a goal 39 seconds into third period. Sure enough, the momentum completely swung and the Devils lost again.
Offense: C – Not great. If one or two of the posts they rang turn into goals, we are all probably a joyous bunch right now. Not the case, however. C grade in terms of results but perhaps a B in terms of creating chances. Unfortunately, no one looks at scoring chances in the final box score.
Defense: D – Nice effort from Zidlicky. He was about the only one to show up. Andy Greene poorly played the 2-on-1 that led to Phil Kessel’s insurance marker. What does Peter Harrold have to do to crack the lineup?
Goaltending: F – Enough sugarcoating. Hedberg just doesn’t have it right now. Like at all. The first two goals literally went through him. He was late to react on Clarke MacArthur’s goal. Time for Keith Kinkaid.
Special teams: C – Penalty kill was really sharp until MacArthur’s goal. Power play was a no show again.
Instant analysis: Embarassing third period. How does that happen? Time for a big shake up. Bench anyone. Start Kinkaid. Anything goes at this point. I’d have no issue with any move that Pete DeBoer makes.
They just need to win a game at any cost or else their confidence will stay shot. Have a good one, folks. Talk to you soon.