3. No Desperation
Honestly it really isn’t all on the goaltending. This was a total team loss. The Devils wanted it more so they left us empty handed while they flew home with two points. They had the desperation that the Carolina Hurricanes were missing. They played the game like they were down in a playoff series and needed to win no matter what and they were consistently rewarded for it.
Do not get me wrong, the Carolina Hurricanes are the better team on the ice. That is the only way they could have made this came as competitive as it was. But the Devils showed that sometimes effort and hustle beats pure talent. Just look at the game winning goal by P.K. Subban, a defender, from the dead slot on a pass he takes from the blueline:
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That is another avoidable goal by both the goaltender and the defense of this team. That said there should be a lot to be learned from this game. Not everyone was completely devoid of hustle and heart. Brock McGinn earned himself more than a few accolades from Tripp Tracey for his efforts in beating out an icing call and allowing his tired defenders to change out. Ryan Dzingel immediately defended line mate Erik Huala when a devil went after him. Not to mention Svechnikov ready to jump down Wayne Simmonds’ throat.
But all that was not enough to beat this New Jersey Devils team that was adamant that it was going to get its third win of the season last night. The question becomes: Can Carolina take the lessons learned tonight and apply them in the future? Can they move forward past this game?
We will find out when they take on Gritty and the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center.
Question for CC Readers: Who is more to blame for the loss? James Reimer or the lack of hustle by the rest of the team?