Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner knew he could have had a few goals in tonight's 1-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He wasn't interested in figuring out the exact number, though.
"You can count them," he said. "The team played well. If I capitalized on mine, it's a different story."
Well, there was that unbelievable diving left arm save Marc-Andre Fleury made on him in the second period. That one, he could probably live with. It was the one 45 seconds into the third period when Langenbrunner fired high over a nearly empty net that stuck with him most.
"The one to start the third period," Langenbrunner said. "That one I shot it high. I had the net and I just missed it. The one in the second period, I shot it hard and shot it where I wanted to. He just made a great diving save on it. I can't do a whole lot about that."
Langenbrunner admitted he raised his stick when Travis Zajac missed the net following up Langenbrunner's rebound with 20 seconds left in the first period.
"I thought it was in," Langenbrunner said. "Obviously, I jinxed us at the start."
Zajac said he just missed the net.
"I just didn't bury it," Zajac said. "I bury that goal and it's a different game. Those are the kind of chances you've got to capitalize on."
David Clarkson thought he had a goal on a scramble in front with 4:10 left in the second period, but replay showed that the puck never completely crossed the line before Penguins defenseman Mark Eaton kicked the puck out with his right skate..
"I thought it was (a goal)," Clarkson said. "Whatever the replay showed, I guess is the call. I'm not going to say it was wrong. I shot it and hoped it went in and I guess the call went against us there. I haven't seen the replay, so...I saw (Eaton) put his skate on the puck. I wish I could have it back because I would have tried to reach over. I think I've got to bear down on it. That's the difference in a game, a little thing like that."
Devils coach Brent Sutter said the replay officials in Toronto made the correct call.
"It didn't completely cross the line from what we could see it on the video," Sutter said.
Sutter didn't want attribute the team's second consecutive shutout to bad luck.
"I know their goalie played well, but that's six, seven periods we haven't scored a goal," Sutter said. "You have to bury your chances. We had opportunities. We had quality scoring chances tonight. We never capitalized on them and that's the difference in the game."
Right wing Brian Gionta disagreed with slashing penalty that was called on him with 53.4 seconds left, the goalie pulled for an extra attacker and the Devils on the power play. Gionta slashed the stick out of Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik in front.
"I was battling in front," Gionta said. "It was a tough time to take it at that point in the game, down by a goal."
Sutter thought it was the right call, however, and a bad play by Gionta.
"It was a bad penalty on Brian's part," Sutter said. "You slash the stick out of his hand, it's going to be called. You can't take a penalty like that in a situation where you have a power play and down a goal and it's 6-on-4. You've got to be smarter than that."
If you're looking for a positive, it would be the Devils' defensive effort. They outshot the Penguins, 37-18, and held Sidney Crosby without a shot on goal. It was the second game in a row Crosby was held without a shot on goal. Evgeni Malkin had two shots.