Just one game after the New Jersey Devils appeared to be on the right track, battling back from two seperate two-goal defecits in an overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers, New Jersey takes two steps backwards, Monday night in Boston.

New Jersey was shutout in their 3-0 loss in Boston, falling to 5-11-2 on the season, as their offense was the climax of the loss.

Tim Thomas made 28 saves for Boston in his NHL-leading fourth shutout of the season, although his antics changed the game early.

On a penalty kill early in the game for New Jersey, the puck found itself in Thomas crease. As Adam Mair pursued the puck, apparently after the whistle, Thomas attacked Mair, yet only Mair was tagged with a penalty.

Boston would capitalize on the 5-on-3 advantge that ensued, taking the 1-0 lead and never looked back.

For the ninth time this season, the Devils have scored one goal or less--an astonishing number for a team that was expected to be one of the best offensivley in franchise history.

New Jersey will not play again until Thursday night, when they will travel out-of-country to take on the Maple Leafs in Toronto.