The Devils lost, 4-3, in overtime against the Panthers tonight at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, with goals by Travis Zajac, PA Parenteau and Pavel Zacha, the first of his NHL career. Here's what we learned:
1) Too many turnovers are never a good thing. The Devils were forced off of 11 pucks tonight and gave away seven. As captain Andy Greene said, "We can't do that and expect to win, but I liked the way we battled back and forced overtime.
2) The Panthers scored twice on the power play to take a 2-0 lead. The penalty kill, which has been outstanding, failed the Devils tonight. Goaltender Cory Schneider said, "I should be the team's best penalty killer and I wasn't. I take most of the blame for being down 0-2. Usually, if I can see the shot, I make the save, but they were two clean shots that beat me and I'll own that."
3) This team knows how to fight back. The first period wasn't necessarily bad, but it wasn't their best, and Florida was able to capitalize on its opportunities better than the Devils. They started playing more the way they hoped to late in the second period and into the third, and were rewarded on the scoresheet to force overtime and earn a point in the standings.
The Devils will practice in Tampa tomorrow afternoon before they face off against the Lightning for the third time in ten games and their last meeting of the regular season.