The Devils had some problems on the power play against Boston

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The New Jersey Devils lost their eighth game in a row on Wednesday night, dropping a 5-4 decision to the Boston Bruins.

It's a pretty big blow to their playoff hopes, and while they're still very much in the race for the No. 8 seed, the fact the Rangers earned two points against the Maple Leafs, and the Islanders aren't showing any signs of slowing down, they're going to have to start getting some points. Fast.

The Devils haven't won a game since Ilya Kovalchuk was injured on March 23 against the Panthers, and they're clearly missing him. That was painfully obvious on the power play on Wednesday night against Boston, particularly in the first period.

Boston gave New Jersey a series of power plays in the period, including two 5-on-3 advantages. The Devils not only failed to convert, they were actually outplayed during their own power-play opportunities.

New Jersey played 4:52 of the first period on a 5-on-4 advantage, and during that time the following took place:

Boston outshot New Jersey 4-3

The Devils allowed Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuck to get a penalty shot, just the sixth defenseman in the NHL to do so since 2009-10. Fortunately for the Devils, Martin Brodeur stopped it.

They were outscored 2-0, including a goal for Daniel Paille on an odd-man rush not long after the Boychuk penalty shot.

That's rough, and in a one-goal game it's all the difference. They finished the night 0-for-8 on the power play, and have scored just three power-play goals since Kovalchuk's injury.

CBS Sports Writer

Adam Gretz has been writing about the NHL and taking an analytical approach to the game since the start of the 2008 season. A member of the PHWA since 2015, he has spent more than three years covering... Full Bio

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