The Devils, looking to build off a great performance against Colorado, faced a Senators team that had just lost to the Sabres 3-2.
With this game, it seems safe to say the Devils failed to achieve their goal. Badly.
In the first period, both teams started off lacking in energy. There was a Devils power play to immediately start off the game, but the Devils made nothing of it. Beau Bennett made his presence known in his first game back, using his speed and puck possession skills to drive the zone and nearly stuff in a rebound. The Devils defensemen played well as well. Riley Dzingel used his speed to cause problems, but the Devils defense neutralized him throughout the first. Kyle Turris had the best chance of the first for the Senators, off a rebounded Mike Hoffman shot. The Devils then had a Kyle Palmieri 2-on-1 opportunity, but it was stuffed by Condon. Ben Lovejoy should’ve scored on a slapshot in the slot, but it was unluckily blocked by Kyle Palmieri before it could enter the net. Overall, the first period was the best period for the Devils.
In the second, the Devils and Senators were even to start off the second. Jacob Josefson took a penalty two minutes in, but the Devils killed it off rather easily. The Devils actually outplayed the Senators possession wise during the first part of the 2nd, but then Mike Cammalleri got a penalty, and the Senators capitalized with a Dion Phaneuf slap shot. After this goal, the Senators got new life, and played like the team a goal down. Within the last two minutes, the Sabres dominated the puck, and on the period ended up outshooting the Devils 16-7.
The third period was as if the Devils didn’t even care. It appeared as if their play got more lackadaisical, and the Senators capitalized on this. For a team trailing, the Senators dominated possession and play. The period was again dreadful, with the Senators outshooting the Devils 12-6. With four minutes left, Erik Karlsson took a wrister from the point, which trickled by Schneider and in. Then, with the empty net, Kyle Turris iced the game, and the final score was 3-0.
When a team is down, they should be playing with a sense of urgency. From what I saw, it seemed as if the Devils had …
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