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11/26 Devils at Penguins: 3 Things We Learned

by Julie Robenhymer /

The Devils lost a heartbreaker in a shootout against the Penguins, 4-3, with goals by Michael Cammalleri (two, including one on the power play) and Vernon Fiddler (shorthanded). Here's what we learned:

1) Keith Kinkaid had another outstanding game - Cammalleri called it exceptional - and set a season and personal high for saves with 46. (His previous record was 39 set in March.) He came up huge on multiple occasions and this game could have been out-of-hand at any point considering the number of shots he faced. He deserved a better fate tonight.

2) The ugly reared its head in the form of too many penalties and too few shots. The second period was great. They got 16 on net that frame, but only four in the third while defending a one-goal lead and just two in overtime. The ice was clearly tilted and all the Devils could do is try to hold on and weather the storm. They were 14 seconds away from complete success when Sidney Crosby, who was left untouched on the doorstep during a scramble in the slot, put home a loose puck to tie the game and force overtime.

3) Michael Cammalleri had another great night with two goals in four shots and four attempts blocked, even though he's probably beating himself up a bit for not icing the game with either of the two empty net opportunities he had in the final minute of play. Also want to mention Pavel Zacha and Nick Lappin, who both were very effective tonight on both sides of the puck.

The Devils (10-6-5) have a complete day off on Sunday and will practice Monday morning before heading to Winnipeg to start a three-game Western Conference road trip.

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