Well, that period was a lot like the last game. Unfortunately. The Devils are outworking us. They win every board battle, and cycle the hell out of our defense who runs around like headless chickens. Our breakout pass doesn't work half the time either. We're looking for the stretch pass a bit much. In part that is because the Devils are forcing us to do so however, can't take anything away from them, they've been playing great the last game and now this period.
Giroux has to work harder on the backcheck on the Kovalchuk goal. That was Brière-esque (whose line is stuck in the defensive zone all the time, yet again, btw). Lilja has made quite a few questionable decisions out there, but what is more worrying is that Grossmann is following his lead. We need to sort this out. Hopefully this is another one of those games where we suck in the first period, and then turn things around in the 2nd and 3rd.