Devils coach Brent Sutter said he pulled Kevin Weekes after two periods because he wanted to shake up his team and because he thought his goaltender looked "shaky" in a second period in which he gave up four goals on 20 shots.
"Both,"Sutter said. "I thought at times he looked shaky tonight. It was a little bit of both on my part. I know he had lots of shots in the second, but I just thought he was fighting it. And also I felt that team needed to be shook and changed. That part isn't his fault. It's coach's decision."
Scott Clemmensen allowed one goal on 17 shots in the third period.
When I asked Sutter if he had to think about his goaltender for Friday night in Washington, he did not commit to starting Weekes again.
"I'm going to decide tomorrow what we're going to do," Sutter said. "I'll talk to the coaches and make a decision tomorrow. So we'll see."
Weekes thought Sutter's decision to pull him was based on the team's play.
"Of course it was to shake up the team," he said. "You've got to be realistic, too. (Goals on a) one-timer and rebounds, that happens. When you have guys that are that talented and the power play is clicking, unfortunately that happens from time to time. You just try to battle it as hard as you can. You've got to tip your hats to those guys, too."