NEWARK, N.J. — Just two weeks into the new season, the cloud of déjà vu that has settled under the heads of the New Jersey Devils has gotten old real fast. Worse yet, that cloud is in danger of turning irrevocably miasmic.
On Monday, the Devils, losers of their first five games of the season, knew what they needed to correct to finally leave the ice a winner in the 2018-19 season: Costly turnovers, including those caused when trying to make the spectacular play instead of the more conservative play, needed to be eradicated; The power play, scoreless in 15 attempts with the man-up so far, needed to generate something positive; and when securing a lead, they needed to play smarter to see out games.
For 39 minutes and 50 seconds, New Jersey, while not perfect in achieving their tasks, owned a 4-1 lead. Correcting the errors would be secondary, so long as win No. 1 was secured.
The final 20 minutes and 10 seconds were, unfortunately for the Devils, another frustrating round of déjà vu.
*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Monday afternoon’s game, with all photos taken by ALOST photographer Arturo Holmes. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 12 pictures in total.