Monday, December 22, 2008

Devils Blow Another Lead Late

For the sixth time this season the New Jersey Devils blew a lead late in the 3rd period as Jordan Lupul scored 4:44 remaining in the third period to tie the score at 2-2.The Devils would eventually go on to win the game in the shoot-out, but once again in the process they gave away another point to their opponents in the process.

#1: October 18th, Alexander Semin of Washington scores with 5:11 remaining in the 3rd to tie the game at 3-3. Devils eventually won the game in the shoot-out.

#2: November 5th, Martin ST. Louis of Tampa scores with 3:20 remaining to tie the score at 3-3. Devils won 4-3 in the shoot-out.

#3: November 15th, Alex Ovechkin of Washington scores with 1-second left to tie the score at 5-5. Devils eventually won in shoot-out 6-5.

#4: November 26th, Up 2-0 on Florida, Jay Bouwmeester scores with 2:20 left and then David Booth scores with 8-seconds remaining to tie the game. The Devils eventually won 3-2 in OT on a Johnny Oduya goal.

#5: December 12th, Up 5-1 on the Rangers the Devils let the Rangers come back and eventually tie the game on a Ryan Callahan goal with 8:42 remaining. The Devils would score three more goals to win 8-5, but oooohhhh the ulcers it caused us Devils fans.

#6: December 21st, Lupul of Philly scored with 4:44 remaining to tie the game at 2-2. The Devils won the game in the shoot-out 3-2.

The Good thing is the Devils have comeback to win these game and get the two points, but this could be a concern with tough games late in the year and really scary come playoff time. There are two ways to looking at this, the Devils are 14-1 when taking a lead into the 3rd period this season but on the other hand more than one-third of the time they eventually blow that lead.

Game Notes:
- Bryce Salvador and John Madden both missed the past two games, Salvador has an upper body injury and the extent of the injury is still unknown. Madden is still ill with the flu, or as I said could it be something more. Probably not, just me putting some crazy ideas in your heads.
- Rolston-Holik_Clarkson scored again as Rolston got the second goal of the game to give the Devils a 2-0 lead. The line has 3G-2A over the past three games and seem like they be starting to gain some chemistry.
-After winning 7 of 8 games the Lowell Devils have gone south as they are on a current seven game winless streak. The offense has sputtered as they have only scored 11 goals in the past seven games, being shutout twice.

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