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Devils can't bounce back against Canes

After two early goals, New Jersey fell 2-1 to Carolina Sunday

by Amanda Stein @amandacstein /

RALEIGH, N.C. - The first 30 seconds of the game proved costly for the New Jersey Devils in Carolina on Sunday afternoon. The Devils gave up two goals in the opening 30 seconds, a deficit they would not be able to climb out of against the Hurricanes. Pavel Zacha scored for a second consecutive game as the second line continues to develop chemistry in the Devils 2-1 loss to the Hurricanes. 

Here are 10 takeaways from the game:

1. Cory Schneider made his fourth start of the season. Despite giving up two goals on the opening two shots to Carolina, Schneider stood tall the rest of the way, stopping the final 23 shots that came his way.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Cory leads the squad out for puck drop coming up next on @MSGNetworks. #NJDvsCAR

2. The Devils found themselves behind the eight-ball early against the Carolina Hurricanes. A couple of defensive lapses gave the Hurricanes prime scoring chances that they buried. New Jersey conceded two goals in the first 30 seconds of the game, before finding their stride. 

3. Pavel Zacha may have found the confidence in his game that he was searching for in his first 12 appearances this season. A day after scoring against the Red Wings on Saturday for his first point of the season, Zacha put the Devils on the board in Carolina at 6:33 of the first period. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: 🍎: Jesper Bratt, @mjohansson90 on @Pavel_Zacha's second of the season and the #NJDevils first of the day. #NJDvsCAR

Zacha went backhand and top shelf on Hurricanes netminder Curtis McElhinney, off a feed from Jesper Bratt to cut Carolina's lead to 2-1. 

4. With his assist, Bratt now has four points in his first six games of the season (4 assists). 

5. After not being awarded a single power play on Saturday, the Devils had three opportunities, all in the second period, against the Hurricanes. New Jersey has struggled to find success with their man advantage opportunities, as they have gone without a power play goal in the last seven games, going 0-for-16 over that stretch. 

The Devils last power play goal was scored by Brian Boyle at the 19:40 mark of the second period in Pittsburgh on November 5. The goal was his second power play goal of the period and also the goal that completed his first career hat trick.

6. With a shot total of 34 up against the Hurricanes 25 shots, the Devils become only the second team this season to outshoot Carolina. Heading in to the game, Carolina was averaging 41.1 shots per game.  

7. With their 34 shots on goal, the Devils now have registered 30-plus shots in six of their last seven games and have reached the 30-plus shot mark in 13 of their 19 games this season. 

8. New Jersey's penalty-kill continued to be a strong suit in their game. The Devils killed all three Carolina power play opportunities going 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. The Devils are now 58-for-69 while shorthanded this season.

9. Behind the bench for the Devils, as per usual, was assistant coach Alain Nasreddine. Nasreddine is familiar with the Carolina area. He played 89 games over two seasons with the AHL's Carolina Monarchs from 1995-97, where he recorded nine assists and 354 penalty minutes. 

10. The Devils travel back home to take on the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night, before hosting the Islanders on Friday, which are the final two home games of the November schedule.

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