Elias on the boos: ‘It wasn’t deserved tonight. I didn’t appreciate it’

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The New Jersey Devils have now lost five straight following a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night.

The loss was also New Jersey’s fifth straight on home ice.

The 15,379 in attendance at the Prudential Center had seen enough Wednesday electing to boo the home team as they fell to 3-5-4 on home ice this season.

“Obviously, the fans, they were booing. They were disappointed. So were we. Trust me. But, we didn’t deserve that today,” said Patrik Elias, who returned after missing five games with a groin injury. “The effort was there. We were the better team. We understand it, but it wasn’t deserved tonight. I didn’t appreciate it.”

New Jersey had 26 shots on goal through 40 minutes while holding Ottawa to just four shots in each of the first two periods; however, they could not solve Craig Anderson, who made 34 saves for the shutout.

New Jersey has played nine games in the month of December and scored two or fewer goals seven times.

“Everybody gets booed some time. We know when we deserve it,” continued Elias. “We played well. A lot of good things, a lot of positives. It’s just when you don’t score goals, you’re not going to win hockey games.”

The Devils continue their four-game home stand against the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday night.