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Penalty kill woes sink Devils vs. Habs

by Julie Robenhymer /

The Devils three-game winning streak ended Friday night after losing, 3-1, to the Montreal Canadiens despite a goal by Steven Santini. Here's what we learned: 

1) The Devils struggled on the penalty kill tonight as all three Canadiens goals came on the power play, two during a five minute major against Karl Stollery for boarding. 

2) The Devils also struggled generating shots. They finished the game with 17, but they had three in the first period and five in the second, all of which happened with less than seven minutes in the period. They were also held shotless in their two power play opportunities. As Keith Kinkaid, who faced 26 shots and saw another 24 that were either missed or blocked, said after the game, they needed better offensive opportunities and gave Habs goalie Al Montoya an easy night. 

3) The Devils also struggled in the faceoff circle winning only 42%, which didn't help with puck possession as the ice was tilted in Montreal's favor. 

The Devils have the chance to put this one behind them and bounce right back as they head down I-95 to face Philadelphia tonight. 

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