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Devils fall to Senators 3-0: Three Things to Learn

by Julie Robenhymer @JulieRobenhymer /

The Devils lost to the Ottawa Senators, 3-0, tonight at Prudential Center. Here's what we learned: 

1) Through the first 38 minutes of the game, Cory Schneider made a handful of key saves to keep the game scoreless and buy some time for his teammates to get it going offensively. The Senators had a number of Grade A chances and he was right there with a kick save or smothering a loose puck with his glove. He continued to battle in the third, but Erik Karlsson's trickler through the five-hole with just under four minutes left in regulation to take a 2-0 lead was the back-breaker. Schneider made 34 saves on the night.

2) Head coach John Hynes said he was happy with his team's performance through the first two periods and noted the only difference was "they scored on their power play and we didn't." He said tonight was a lesson in what it takes to buckle down, stick to your game plan and find ways to win hockey games. "We didn't stick with it [in the third period] and got frustrated and made mistakes and we paid for it. We need to be smarter and play harder and see it through."

3) Said Pavel Zacha: "There's not much positives in tonight's game. When you don't score any goals, you can't win the game. Maybe when we look back at the tape, we'll find some, but right now, I can't think of any. It wasn't a good game for us."

The Devils will practice tomorrow before a back-to-back, home-and-home with the New York Islanders this weekend. 

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