Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Devils Can't Build off a Bright Spot

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Devils Can't Build off a Bright Spot

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- One step forward for the Devils on home ice was followed by another big step back on the road.

The Devils' hopes of building off their first win of the season Saturday over the Rangers faded away with a 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena.

The Devils scored first, but Columbus responded with four unanswered goals by Brandon Dubinsky, Cam Atkinson, James Wisniewski and Marian Gaborik (empty-netter with 24.4 seconds left).

"It's not where we wanted to go," said goaltender Cory Schneider, who started consecutive games for the first time this season. "We could have jumped these guys in the standings in our division, and again, we had a good start to the game and got the first goal and just weren't able to finish it off. You don't want to use words like frustration, but at some point we have to address what needs to be fixed and go out and execute."

After losing their first seven games (0-4-3), the Devils finally posted their first win of the season by blanking the Rangers, 4-0, at Prudential Center. But returning to the road also brought the return of their struggles.

Defensive-zone turnovers led to the Blue Jackets' second and third goals.

"That's been the kiss of death for us," defenseman Peter Harrold said. "We're making just enough mistakes to lose and that's something we have to rectify."

The Devils are 0-5-2 on the road this season and 2-13-8 in their last 23 games outside of Newark dating back to last season.

"We're all searching for answers," Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. "I think the bottom line is when you go on the road and play these teams -- that's a big, strong team -- you have to come with 20 guys prepared to be in the fight and win battles. You can't go in with 15 or 16."

Things started out OK for the Devils as Michael Ryder scored on a power play off a shot from the right circle that went in off the far post to give them a 1-0 lead 6:24 into the second period. …

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