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A disappointing loss for the Devils forces a game 6 to be played on Wednesday. The Devils know they have two more chances to win the Eastern Conference finals, but no one is going to let a game go on purpose. They just didn't seem all there for tonight's game.

The game was played evenly up through the second period. The game remained scoreless in the first period. Ottawa's Todd White got the lead first with a shorthanded goal in the beginning of the second. But 2 minutes and 20 seconds later, New Jersey's Scott Stevens scored to tie things up.

In the third, the game began for both teams very defensively. Both teams were apprehensive to let the other get the lead. But a sloppy play cost the Devils the lead, and eventually the game. The puck was attempted to be put in between Brodeur's skate blade and the post. It, instead, slid across the crease and underneath Brodeur's pad. But after it slid under his pad, the stick or skate blade of one of the Devils hit it back under his pad on accident, and passed the red line. Not a goal that should have been scored against them. After Ottawa got the lead, they played the game wide open making many more scoring chances and playing much harder then they had all game.

A few more sloppy penalties on the Devils behalf allowed an Ottawa rookie, Jason Spezza, get his first goal in his first playoff game. That power play goal came off of a deflection off of Spezza's stick, on a feed from Chris Phillips.

Who's to blame? Although people look towards the goaltender, this loss is not Brodeur's fault. Spezza's goal came off of a fast deflection in mid-air. Havlat's goal was the fault of a Devils defenseman in too close at the crease and having the rebound hit off of their stick or skate blade into the net. The Devils need to pull together, make sure they do not make bad penalties, and do not make the mistakes that give Ottawa's offense the chances they need to score.

The last team to come from a 3-1 deficit was the Devils against the Philadelphia Flyers back in 2000, when the Devils won the Stanley Cup for the second time. Can Ottawa come back? Obviously, anyone can. But the Devils have the ability to prevent them from doing so, and they didn't show it tonight.

No matter the outcome of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Stanley Cup Finals will start on Tuesday, May 27. Hopefully the Devils will take advantage of this, win on Wednesday night, and have a 6 day rest before their next game. By Tuesday, Anaheim will already have 11 days rest.

Game 6 will be on Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM back at home. The Devils are 8-0 when playing at home. However, Ottawa was 0-6 when playing an elimination game. They won their first tonight. Wednesday night's game will be televised on ESPN, CBC, and RDS as well as broadcasted on 770 WABC.

As always,

~Kyle Bisignani

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## BOX SCORES ##

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~ Monday, May 19, 2003

~ New Jersey Devils @ Ottawa Senators

~ Time: 7:00 PM ET

~ Venue: Corel Centre

~ Atten: 18500

http://njdevils.info/schedule/report.cgi?PO35

GOALS 1 2 3 T

New Jersey Devils 0 1 0 1

Ottawa Senators 0 1 2 3

SHOTS ON GOAL 1 2 3 T

New Jersey Devils 7 6 9 22

Ottawa Senators 2 12 4 18

STATISTICS NJ Ott

Total Goals 3 1

Total Assists 1 3

Total Shots 18 22

Penalties 6 5

Penalty Minutes 14 6

Penalty Kill % 86% 100%

Power Play % 0% 14%

Faceoffs Won 24 39

GOALTENDERS

NJ - Martin Brodeur

Record: Vs Ott | Season

3-2-0 | 11-4-0

Ott - Patrick Lalime

Record: Vs NJ | Season

2-3-0 | 10-6-0

SCORING

1st Period

(No Goals This Period)

2nd Period

Ott - Todd White - 3:59 (SH)

Assisted by Magnus Arvedson

NJ - Scott Stevens - 6:19

Assisted by Pascale Rheaume

3rd Period

Ott - Martin Havlat - 7:59

Assisted by Peter Schaefer & Jason Spezza

Ott - Jason Spezza - 12:28 (PP)

Assisted by Chris Phillips & Zdeno Chara

PENALTIES

1st Period

NJ - Jay Pandolfo - 2:40

2 Min - Interference of Karel Rachunek

Ott - Vaclav Varada - 7:12

2 Min - Interference of Brian Rafalski

NJ - Colin White - 19:46

2 Min - Elbowing Martin Havlat

2nd Period

Ott - Mike Fisher - 3:49

2 Min - High Sticking Scott Gomez

NJ - Sergei Brylin - 7:04

2 Min - Hooking Zdeno Chara

NJ - Joe Nieuwendyk - 9:57

2 Min - Holding Daniel Alfredsson

Ott - Chris Phillips - 15:04

2 Min - Holding Brian Gionta

NJ - Pascale Rheaume - 18:22

2 Min - Tripping Daniel Alfredsson

3rd Period

NJ - Brian Gionta - 12:24

2 Min - Hooking Radek Bonk

NJ - Jamie Langenbrunner - 15:12

2 Min - Goaltender Interference of Patrick Lalime

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