Two important notes come out of tonight’s 3-2 loss against the Florida Panthers:
First, Martin Brodeur gave up two goals he should have stopped – one that went off of his skate, the post, then in, and one that was ripped past his right side.
Second, former Devil Scott Clemmensen is a great goalie and made 42 saves tonight to give the Panthers the win.
I can only blame the defense on the final goal the Panthers scored, because they should have cleared out the Panther in front who got the puck and ripped it in to the net. Other than that, I liked how the Defense stepped up several times to create or keep play alive in the Florida end.
The offense really kept up as well. 44 shots on goal indicate an offense that is making every attempt possible and finding open lanes to get pucks on net. The chances, in most cases, were quality chances. But Clemmensen kept the Panthers in the game make the, in some cases, great stops.
Near the final seconds of the third period, Jamie Langenbrunner had Clemmensen screened very well, and a shot from the point was gloved by the Panther netminder. Jamie, as he had several times earlier in the game, had a complete look of disbelief.
Mike Mottau was clearly frustrated in the locker room after the game, and was quoted saying "It’s really unacceptable." Mike was referring to the Devils not being able to close on the these lower place teams and not being able to win when the points really matter, which at this point will determine home-ice advantage after round 1 of the post-season and an Atlantic Divison title.
Jamie Langenbrunner stated "I don’t think we should get too disappointed; I think we did a lot of good things." That statement is very accurate. The Devils did play very well, and you don’t want to over-analyze with the final two games and the post-season quickly approaching.