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Devils collapse continues – suffers ninth loss in 11 games

Mar 9, 2013, 9:52 PM EDT

Johan Hedberg #1 of the New Jersey Devils stands before the game against the New Jersey Devils during their game at the Prudential Center on February 24, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.
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The New Jersey Devils managed to eke out a victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday to end their six-game slide, but they’re clearly not out of the woods yet.

The Devils collapsed against the Carolina Hurricanes and suffered their ninth defeat in 11 contests. With Saturday’s 6-3 loss in the books, they’re in jeopardy of slipping below eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

With Martin Brodeur still dealing with a back injury, New Jersey goaltender Johan Hedberg made his eighth straight start. He ended up allowing five goals on just 18 shots before being yanked after two periods.

It was the second time that Hedberg has been pulled in his last three games, but he will start yet again on Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets, according to the Star-Ledger’s Rich Chere.

If New Jersey loses that game in regulation, then the currently ninth place Jets will have caught up with the Devils in the race for a playoff spot.

  1. 950003cups - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    This team f’n sucks!!!

    • valoisvipers - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      Yeah 950003cups,on so many levels.
      They should try putting a chair in nets at least it has 4 legs.
      Try a kid,pray for Marty I don’t know but they better do something soon.

  2. steelers88 - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Penguins are up 7 points on NJ, 8 points on the NYR, 9 points on the NYI, and 11 points on PHI! What happened to the Atlantic Division?

  3. 950003cups - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    @steelers
    Brodeur got hurt, and Bryzgalov didn’t. That’s what happened.

  4. steelers88 - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Flyers vs Devils is going to be very interesting this week. Both teams desperate for points.

  5. martysbetter - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    This has been unbelievably tough to watch – its like two completely different teams out there from the first quarter of the season to the second.

    Part of me has to wonder if the hot start was a fluke, a lot of lucky bounces, David Clarkson scoring David Clarkson-esque goals, was this just a team that benefited from playing a solid system game against other clubs trying to find their legs?

    In the beginning of the season they were suffocating their opponents, now they look like the ones who are always a step behind.

  6. csilojohnson - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    They need to give Hedberg a night off. The kid that went in the other night looked good in relief. Confident, seemed to bring some life to the team. Didn’t watch tonight. Dont know if he came in again and failed miserably. They have to do something or they will be below .500 before the end of the week.
    Fine by me though. Go Pens!

  7. steelers88 - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    The Devils are going to need to give Hedberg a rest at sometime. You can’t just keep playing him his 39 he will burn out easily. He is no Brouder.

    • 950003cups - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      Hedberg had PLENTY of sleep the last 8 games.

  8. thomaspratt - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    If only there were a team in the league with two legitimate starting goalies, looking to trade one of them. If only one of them was Brodeur’s Olympic understudy, and the other was the next great American goalie. A trade like that could really save the Devils’ season.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 10, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      Just say no to Luongo.

  9. thedavesiknowiknow - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Good enough to beat Buffalo though….

  10. pwilson264 - Mar 10, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    as a ranger fan am glad to see the devils struggle, good for the rangers. ok at this point i know you devil fans are saying kiss my grits, we have to keep this clean. but on the other hand i do thing if brodeur was in net, not hedberg the end results would be different. unlike brodeur as a top notch goalie. I don’t thing hedberg can handle the pressure of being on a losing slump, during the games it has to be on his mind that, i have to win this game which takes away from his consideration and confidence, were as brodeur would just shake it off and carry on. other then that the team looks to be playing good. just need the wright goalie.

  11. jb8383 - Mar 10, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    What about that goalie on Ottawa, the third string guy, Lehner, he’s young and could be a better backup right now.

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