Oh you have to be joking, right? Just say you're joking - the Devils had this game all wrapped up and it had nothing to do with speed why they lost. This wasn't the defeat of systematic trap hockey - this was the Devils' forwards cheating up ice, and the Devils' coaching staff mixing up all the lines so no one knew where their linemates would be. This was hardly an exhibition of speed beating strength - or did I miss all those odd-man breaks the 'Canes had in this game blowing by our defensemen?
The Dev's had all the motivation in the world tonight, and they still lost in a game where they never dominated, never really got sustained pressure, gave up lots of shots, etc, etc, etc... The problem is that you can't sit on 1 and 2 goal leads anymore - and that's exactly what trap hockey is!!!
Lemaire style hockey said sit on a 1 goal lead, sit on a tie, sit on a 1 goal deficit. Play smart D and counter-punch, and you'll end up winning the game given enough time. Back then you could do that because you could practically mug an opponent who stood in front of your net, you could put a little hook or grab on a guy, you could use the blue-line as a barrier.
Now you simply can't do that anymore, and it's not just Devils games that show this. Did you happen to see the first Sabres-Sens game? How many 3rd period goals were scored? Which is those teams has a weak Defense?
You seem to be looking at this lose as a result of two bad plays that led to the tying and winning goals, but I'm telling you the Dev's lost this game in the 1st period when they failed to play aggressive hockey and instead kept to the old Lemaire system. They also lost it simply because they don't have the right roster to win this kind of game. We've got only one real scoring line and two full-time checking lines. How is that supposed to outscore a team that is built on having four lines capable of playing solid two-way hockey?
Lemaire style hockey was about playing conservative hockey with the whole idea of winning by one or two goals. That simply doesn't work anymore. It's become too easy to score a quick goal when it's an all-or-nothing situation. We are now playing against other elite-level teams, and they're going to give us serious trouble. 1 goal leads simply aren't safe to sit on - the key is to attack the other team from the openning face-off and keep the pressure on. Teams that do this - like Carolina, Ottawa, Buffalo, Edmonton, San Jose, etc - will prove successful. Teams that don't will face a huge dissadvantage.