Devils: Can it Get Any Worse?

The New Jersey Devils dismal season was summed up perfectly on Wednesday night when during the shootout their highest paid superstar Ilya Kovalchuk lost control of the puck and failed to get a shot away which gave the Buffalo Sabres a 5-4 win. Kovalchuk, who needed to score at that instant to keep the shootout going also had a golden opportunity to give his Devils a win when late in regulation he shot high and wide on a clear cut breakaway against Sabres rookie goalie Jhonas Enroth. Struggling with only three goals and eight points in 15 games Kovalchuk, who is in year one of a 15 year 100 million dollar contract was strongly booed by the Jersey fans after the loss. “I tried something. It didn’t work out real well, so I will practice more on my shot,” Kovalchuk said about the missed penalty shot. ‘The puck rolled off my stick. That’s it.” New Jersey who were entertaining visions of competing for a Stanley Cup were all booed off the ice ice as they remain winless at home with a 0-5-2 record. For the game Kovalchuk logged 18:52 of ice time which worked out to 22 shifts. He registered three shots but has still not scored in the past seven games. Devils rookie coach John McLean who scratched Kovalchuk earlier this season can sense that his superstar is getting frustrated with not scoring. “For sure he’s pressing,” McLean sad. “He doesn’t want to be in that situation and he’s going through a tough time. He just has to hang with it; he’ll come out of it.” McLean proved to be a fortune tellar as Kovalchuk found redemption two days later in scoring the overtime goal which gave the Devils a much needed 4-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers. New Jersey, who are now 5-10-2 have only one win at home.


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