Down 3-0 in their Stanley Cup Finals series against the Los Angeles Kings, nothing was going right for the New Jersey Devils. With their backs against the wall, Devils coach Peter DeBoer decided to insert two veterans into his lineup for game 4: defenseman Henrik Tallinder and winger Petr Sykora. After back to back wins, the Devils have started to get some puck luck of their own and now have hope.
It has been 70 years since the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs came back from a 3-0 series deficit to win the Stanley Cup. They are the only team in NHL history to do it in the Finals. Could this be the year a second team joins them?
Outside of game 3 when the Devils lost 4-0, future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur has been great for New Jersey. In the last two games, he has let in just 2 of 48 shots. With a possible retirement on the horizon, this could be Brodeur's last chance at a fourth Stanley Cup. The Devils will need him to continue his stellar play if they are going to accomplish the unthinkable.
Defenseman Bryce Salvador continued his Conn Smythe caliber play into last night's game 5 as he scored the winning goal after his shot went in off of a Kings defenseman. He now has 14 points in the postseason which is good for first among defensemen. If anything, his offensive outburst throughout the postseason has shown that good things can happen when you throw the puck on net.
As game 6 shifts to Los Angeles, the pressure is all on the Kings to close the series. Although it took the Devils longer then they would have liked for them to get the Kings to face some adversity, it has finally happened for Los Angeles for the first time this postseason. The Kings certainly do not want to go back to New Jersey for game 7.
Down 3-0, the Devils did all anyone rooting for the Devils (or a good series) could ask for, as they did not get swept and then they did not allow the Kings to win it all in game 5 on their home ice in New Jersey. At this point, anything more would be gravy.
Michael Pellegrini has been a fan of the New Jersey Devils since the mid to late 1990s when they had players like Doug Gilmour and Dave Andreychuk in the later stages of their career.
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