Throughout the night of their 3-1 loss at the hands of the Rangers, the New Jersey Devils showed glimpses that maybe -- just maybe -- this ship could be righted.
Their efforts, out-shooting New York by a 44-26 margin, came up short once again, as the Devils lost their sixth straight game and rightfully took their place: dead last.
Travis Zajac gave the Devils the lead in the first period, netting his fifth goal of the season. The lead would last just 42 seconds, as Brian Boyle would answer quickly on a weak goal.
Martin Brodeur struggled early on but picked up his play, making 24 saves. The Devils had some late chances but were unable to bury any.
Jason Arnott may very well have had the best chance for the Devils in the first period, but his shot rocketed off a Rangers defensemen and into the netting.
The story of the night, clearly was the Devils inability to put the puck in the net, a problem that has been displayed all season, and a major reason why they are in last place.
Their powerplay went zero-for-four on the night, while it did look strong at times.