Maple Leafs-Devils: New Jersey Finds Offense, but Forgets How to Play Defense

JerseySenior Analyst IOctober 30, 2008

Five goals? That's a very nice amount for any hockey team, and something unheard of for the New Jersey Devils, especially without Brian Rolston. But for the second time since Rolston got hurt, the Devs put up five tallies.

Except, the first time they didn't allow any goals. This time, against Toronto, Martin Brodeur was beaten five times during regulation, and twice during the shootout.

It's not like Brodeur had a poor game. He did make 43 saves—not an easy task. The Devils' defense truly collapsed, allowing 48 shots and blowing leads of 2-0 and 4-3.

Not much to recap here, outside of the obvious: It was nice to see the scoring, it was nice to see Matt Halischuk get an assist in his first NHL game, but the defense needs to step up. At least we got a point out of this one.