Fun game to be at, and I was proud of the Devils effort. It is just a shame that it can get sabotaged by essentially two players.
Lovejoy - I'm sorry but he fvcking sucks. He is a net negative and hurts the team being on the ice. He is an invitation to opposition to attack him and he looks like end of career Daneyko out there. All the Girardi jokes we make - he's fvcking Bobby Orr to lovejoy. I have had very little quibble w/ Shero but this was in the Lou mold of going with what you know and not what is the truth.
Goal 3 is 100% his fault. The sequence before the icing - devils have complete control and he is behind the net with the puck. He's pressured - coughs it up - Rangers control play for 30 seconds including seeing Lovejoy out at the fvcking blue line because he's so out of sorts. Greene is forced to clear the puck and creates an icing out of it (Greene does this way too much by the way but he's playing defense against his own guy so what can you do).
So after the icing - zajac wins the puck but Lovejoy still can't help - gets to the point and a shot gets by Cory. I don't love that goal but it's not awful.
But then we get to the OT goal. I'm sorry - Cory has to have it. I know that I sound like the idiot fans I rail against. Simply put - a goalie that is going to win when games matter doesn't give that up. And yes - Roy, Hasek, Marty - they've all given up softies. It happens.
But tonight was a playoff game for the Devils. They are very obviously not going to the playoffs. Their season is 20 or so games left. They are the definition of playing out the string. But games like tonight - you treat them like a playoff game if you're the players. And for the most part, they all did.
Lovejoy is like playing short handed ever shift he's out there. He is in Malakhov territory for me which means there is no coming back. I will only complain about him until he is gone to the point of annoyance. If he scores a goal, I will credit the guy who assisted on it. He makes the Devils less enjoyable to me and I curse him being on this team.
But Cory - honestly - they will never win anything with him. Tonight proved that to me.