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Bedeviled: Avs continue New Jersey’s late-game woes

Feb 3, 2014, 10:11 PM EDT

Call it a growing problem or just an unfortunate coincidence, but the New Jersey Devils can’t seem to protect a late lead lately.

Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy aggressively pulled Jean-Sebastien Giguere from the net to get an extra attacker earlier than usual, and that gambit paid off, as P.A. Parenteau tied the game up 1-1 with less than two minutes remaining.

It didn’t take long for Ryan O’Reilly to win it for Colorado 2-1 in OT, either.

With that, the Devils coughed up a one-goal lead within the final two minutes of a third period for the third consecutive game on Monday. They beat the Dallas Stars on Jan. 30 but haven’t been so lucky in the last two games, allowing overtime victories by the Avalanche and Nashville Predators.

That’s two more toss-up points that New Jersey left on the table. Cory Schneider and the Devils have played well during quite a few stretches this season – leading head coach Peter DeBoer to feel optimistic about the future – yet those crucial bounces keep going against them.

Sooner or later, these bad breaks might just bounce the Devils out of the playoff picture altogether.

  1. barkar942 - Feb 3, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Now I know what that loud screaming was that I heard outside while shoveling here in Toms River. I thought perhaps it was two mating moose, but alas it was 95cups shrieking in horror as his beloved Devils gave up the two goals and lost again.

    • 950003cups - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:03 AM

      I wish I was screwing a moose!!! I would’ve had a better night!!! Ok, now, since it’s sacreligious to wish injury on any player, I will just hope that Salvador “fakes” an injury and sits out at least a decade or two.

      But DeBoer is a coach, there’s no rules. So I just hope when he got home that night, he found Varlomov in bed with his wife.

      I hate his work! He puts that waste of sperm, Salvador on the ice against a fast team in OT on a PK??? That’s a 3 on 4!!!

      Lou has to be forced to fire him!! The new owners need to force that Charlie Brown looking coach in to unemployment NOW!!!!

  2. nicknyhc - Feb 3, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    That’s what they get for scoring one goal and trying to sit on the lead for 40+ minutes.

    Hands down the most boring team in the league.

    • jb8383 - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      Did you watch the game? They probably hit the post 5 times at least, then Jagr had a “no-goal” where the puck was literally just sitting on the goal line. They tried, it was bad luck or whatever but they were certainly not sitting back and it was not a boring game.

      • nicknyhc - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        I did watch the game, and it was boring.

        The Devils are reverting back to that 90’s slow grinding neutral zone trap game and its unbelievably boring. Sure they hit the post 3 times, but that doesn’t change the fact that they score first and then take no chances.

        It looks like they’re trying to play the same type of game in front of Schneider that they played back when Marty was young.

  3. jernster21 - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    The Avs have been on the receiving end of losing games by sitting back and letting the play come to them. Kinda nice to see the roles reversed for once. A nice start to the road trip for the Avs.

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