NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 09: Travis Zajac #19 of the New Jersey Devils reaches for a loose puck as Jeff Carter #77 of the Los Angeles Kings looks on during Game Five of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Prudential Center on June 9, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Okay. So there were some of you talking on Saturday about wanting the Devils to win so that the Kings' fans could watch the whole Cup-winning deal in person. You got your wish, at least about the Devils forcing a Game 6. How 'bout we leave it at that, mmmmkay?
What they need to do to win:
- Crash the net. Those dirty goals are just as pretty when on that scoreboard.
- Second line offense. The second line of Penner-Carter-Richards needs to make an appearance again.
- Move sucka move. We need more hitting. Not undisciplined scraps that draw penalties, but hard, clean hits.
- The past is the past. Quick is pretty good about not letting losses or goals against shake his confidence, and he'll need that ability more than ever. A fumbled attempt at puck-handling lead to a goal for the Devils. Gotta shake it off, baby.
- Keep it outside. NJ did a good job of limiting the origin of LA's shots (notice I didn't say quality of shots, you Corsiatti!) to outside of the slot. They need to keep doing that.
- Clear it. Keep those big boys from getting in Marty's face. "Why you hef be mad?"
- Big guns. Guys like Parise (my god, he's good, isn't he?) need to keep making themselves known.
- The past is the future. Ride the momentum of the last two wins, believing that a comeback can be done.