Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Devils End Trip by Falling

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Devils End Trip by Falling

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - Devils coach Pete DeBoer had called this "a key game."

The Devils had managed to, as DeBoer put it, "scrape and claw" their way to four points out a possible six in the first three- games of their four-game road trip and had an opportunity Saturday night against the Phoenix Coyotes to make it a very successful excursion.

They got off to a slow start, however, falling in a two-goal hole in the opening 13:13, and that proved to be too much for their sputtering offense to overcome in a 3-2 loss at Arena.

"Slow start, disappointing start," disappointed Devils coach Pete DeBoer called it. "Inexcusable really for not having played [Friday], and we can't spot anybody two goals."

After the Coyotes grabbed a 2-0 lead on goals from Jordan Szwarz and Jeff Halpern, the Devils seemed to stabilize things with a power- play goal from Ryane Clowe with 1:16 left in the first period. But, after controlling play for much of the second, the Devils gave up a power-play goal to Martin Hanzal with 5:38 left in the period to fall back behind by two.

A deflection goal from Jaromir Jagr with 2:14 left in regulation and goaltender Martin Brodeur on the bench for a sixth attacker got the Devils within 3-2, but they could not complete the comeback and lost in regulation for the first time in seven games (3-1-3). That sent them home with an unsatisfying 1-1-2 record on the trip.

"It's very disappointing because I feel like we should have won that game," said Clowe, who had a goal and an assist. "We had an opportunity to get six out of eight points. That's a hell of a road trip against good teams, and it hurts because a slow start kills you. We needed those points."

It was particularly costly for the Devils with the Rangers, Philadelphia and Columbus, all Metropolitan Division rivals, all winning Saturday. …

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