Missed Opportunity: Devils Fall To The Rangers...Again

Brett BodnerContributor IOctober 16, 2008

The New Jersey Devils blew a golden opportunity Monday night as they lost 4-1 to the hated cross town rival, the New York Rangers.

The Devils had a chance to come out and show everyone that this year’s team is completely different from last year’s team. Instead it appears that they have picked up right where they left off; beating every team except for the Rangers.

It was embarrassing to watch if you’re a New Jersey Devil fan. They came out flat and sloppy, as if they didn’t have anything to prove. They turned the puck over in their own zone, failed at creating chances, had trouble handling the puck, and apparently Marty Brodeur forgot how to catch a puck.

Let me put it this way; our economy looked better than the New Jersey Devils did last night. They were out hustled, out hit, and the penalty kill looked awful. They gave up two power play goals and allowed the Rangers to have a great number of scoring chances.

I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. This game occurred shortly after I wrote an article raving about how this Devils team was different. I’m afraid I spoke too soon.

A great point was made to me by Jersey on my last article and he said that the offense needs to pick it up. I agree with Jersey, the Devils need to improve on offense. It’s time for the goal scorers to step up and prove themselves. If they don’t, then it could be another early exit again this year for the New Jersey Devils.

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