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Devils captain Salvador wants team to keep level head

Oct 8, 2013, 9:06 AM EDT

Bryce Salvador #24 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the New York Islanders at the Prudential Center on September 19, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.
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The New Jersey Devils were well on their way to winning their first game since Ilya Kovalchuk’s “retirement” last night. They went into the third period with a 3-0 lead over Edmonton, but the Oilers rallied back with four goals over the span of just 7:47 minutes.

The only silver lining for New Jersey is that Patrik Elias netted a shorthanded goal while goaltender Martin Brodeur was pulled. That led to them getting a point in a 5-4 shootout defeat.

Still, that game has to be a tough pill to swallow and it makes them 0-1-2 this season. They came into 2013-14 with the goal of proving people wrong for predicting that they would struggle in their first season without Kovalchuk and so far they haven’t succeeded in that goal.

There’s still plenty of time left though and consequently Devils captain Bryce Salvador doesn’t want his team to put too much pressure on themselves too early.

“If, at this point you really start squeezing your stick… Obviously we want to win and we need points, but you can’t overdo the pressure on it,” Salvador said, according to the Star-Ledger.

Bad starts can snowball into bigger problems, but by the same token, it might just take one win for the Devils to find their groove. They will play the Vancouver Canucks tonight.

  1. echojester - Oct 8, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Make Andy Greene the captain, you know someone with a little fire and passion and make sure that Cory is played in a steady dosage.

    When you have two solid goaltenders like this, with two very different skill sets, it should be all about matchups.

  2. c1md6 - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    lol they just give the C to anyone in New Jersey huh?

  3. mpg44 - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Problem is , it’s the defense that is screwing up. Kovy didn’t play defense.

  4. jessejames182 - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    I blame the D for doing exactly what I almost did, take a nap in the third period, players should play 60 minutes of hockey, but that game was so lopsided for 40 minutes it was hard to resist the urge.

  5. kane987245 - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Completely agreed. The Defense needs to play the 60 minutes. This plagues every team at some point in the season. They take a good lead into the game or 3rd period and all of a sudden, the game is closer and closer and in this case, you lose a point for it.

    I never understood why teams become so lacks with a lead. Everyone in the NHL has been in that situation on both ends. They should know by now that if you sit back, you give the other team time to recover and cause damage.

    Overall, the Devils need to play 60 minutes of every game if they want those 2 points on a consistent basis. With the New System and divisions in hand games are more important because chances are, if you make the playoffs, you WILL see your rival that you hate the most as your opponent right out gate and no one will give an inch. Its early, but DEVS, you need to kick it into to gear.

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