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Devils on first seven-game losing streak in 27 years

Apr 7, 2013, 11:26 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY - APRIL 07: Steve Ott #9 of the Buffalo Sabres celebrates his second period goal against Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils on April 7, 2013 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

The New Jersey Devils enjoyed a 8-1-3 start to the season — and have gone 7-13-7 since then.

They have had some bad luck along the way to be sure. Starting goaltender Martin Brodeur was hurt earlier this season and they’re currently playing without Ilya Kovalchuk.

At the same time they have now lost seven straight games for the first time since Jan. 24-Feb. 8, 1986, according to the Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti.

“Frustrating,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer told Gulitti. “I was proud and how hard we worked, but again we leave points on the table. There’s been too many of those.”

The only silver lining is that for the fourth time in those seven games, the Devils picked up a point by forcing the game into overtime. On Sunday, Devils defenseman Mark Fayne buried a shorthanded goal to tie the game:

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The team ultimately lost in a shootout, but those four points over seven contests have at least kept them within striking distance of a playoff spot. They are just two points behind the eighth place New York Islanders.

The Devils will get two days off before attempting to end their losing streak against the Boston Bruins in NBCSN’s upcoming Wednesday Night Rivalry game.

  1. billsin20xx - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    I was at the game. I have never heard as much booing as the Sabres got (which they deserved) for their inability to move the puck out of their own end. Ryan Miller stole 2 points tonight, the Devils really deserved the win.

    The also points out just how inept the sabre’s are, hopefully the booing at least convinced Pegula he has to fire Regier and get a competent GM to rebuild this team!

  2. canucks30 - Apr 8, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    If you think it’s bad now, just wait until Marty Brodeur retires and David Clarkson walks.

    The Devils have always found ways to stay competitive despite losing premier talent but eventually the rebuild will be on in New Jersey

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 8, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      I’d hate to be the goalie that replaces Brodeur, talk about pressure. But I think we got a real glimpse of just how important Marty is to that team (and what the future will look like) when he was out for a few weeks. Beyond his actual Goaltending skills, his ability to handle the puck is so important to the Devils scheme as it essentially prevents teams (especially the Flyers) from chipping the puck into the offensive zone and retrieving it. Without him, teams are able to actually get an effective forecheck going.

  3. Helper Sports - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    A win is a win unless it’s the NHL. These 3 point games are a joke. If the NHL wants to award a “looser” point they should go to a 3pt. for a win 1pt for SOL. The winning team should get two more pts then the looser.

  4. martysbetter - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    This team just keeps finding ways to lose. Three seperate 40 second shifts in the offensive zone in the first two periods, one that lasted 2 minutes and 16 seconds – they absolutely dominated puck possession but just cannot find a way to put the puck in the net.

    @Canucks30, in the unlikely event that Clarkson walks – good riddance, he’s been absolutely atrocious since the first 1/4 of the season, last years 30 goals was a fluke and his torrid start to this season was due to some insane puck luck aka “David Clarkson Goals”

  5. mattybo - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    I agree Helper.

    The fact that this team is half as close as they are to a playoff spot is an embarrassment. They are 15-24 and only the panthers have a worse real record than they do. The point system is garbage and I would be furious if a team with a far worse real win/loss record took my teams spot just because they happened to lose in overtime instead of regulation.

    A loss is a loss, losers don’t get rewarded in the playoffs or in any other sport just because it takes them more time to do it.

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