April 26, 2001Leafs Defeat Devils 2-0
The New Jersey Devils lost their Round 2 series
opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0, at home on Thursday,
April 26, 2001. Nik Antropov and Steve Thomas scored the
goals for Toronto.
There have been several major problems with the Devils
in playoffs so far. The lack of offensive production from the
"A" line has been a factor in the Devils overall scoring drought.
Even though the Devils power play was first in the league
during the regular season, they have only gotten 2 goals in 32 power
play opportunities in the playoffs.
Not to make excuses for the Devils, but Game 1 saw
some of the worst officiating I have seen in quite some time.
There were several non-calls on Toronto, in situations where they
had clearly violated the rules. They linesmen made many bad
calls incorrectly calling the Devils offside when they had a
breakaway. On at least three separate occasions the Maple
Leafs were clearly offsides, but play continued. There is
also the issue of the delay in dropping the puck. I would
estimate that 65% of the faceoffs were delayed either by the
officials for no apparent reason, or the Leafs were allowed to take
as much time as they needed to prepare. As I said, I am not
trying to say this is the reason the Devils lost - they may have
lost even without these officiating problems - but the problems
did change the game.
The Devils did hold the Leafs to one shot in the third
period, and did have a few decent scoring chances, but they were
unable to finish the job, and put the puck past Joseph. Curtis
Joseph stopped all 32 Devils shots, getting the shutout, his third of
As a side note, I would like to thank all the New Jersey
faithful fans would stayed until the end of the game Thursday night.
Of course I am kidding - 1/4 of the arena left with 9:45 left
on the clock. Have a little faith in your team. How much
better was your life because you left 10 minutes early? Show
By losing game 1 at home, the Devils have surrendered
home ice advantage to the Maple Leafs.
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