DeBoer not blaming ice for Game 1 loss

NEWARK, N.J. -- A lot was made about how bad the Prudential Center ice was following Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals.

But Devils coach Peter DeBoer wasn’t about to make that an excuse as to why his team lost, 2-1, in overtime to the Kings on Wednesday night.

“It’s the same for both teams,” DeBoer said. “The ice conditions this time of year, regardless of where you’re playing, aren’t going to be great. It’s something you have to deal with.”

• DeBoer gave his team the day off on Thursday rather than have them practice.

He isn’t a big fan of the two-day break between Games 1 and 2.

“I think we’d like to jump right back in and play,” DeBoer said. “I’m sure they would, too, after getting a win. I think you want to play, for me, every other day this time of year, that’s the perfect scenario. But we’ll take the time to fix what we have to fix.”

DeBoer came in Thursday morning, re-watched Game 1 and decided what areas needed to be fixed along with the rest of his coaching staff.

“We gave the players a day off to stay away from the rink. [Friday] we’ll come in, look at the tape with them, the areas we need to improve, have a good practice and go at it Saturday night.”

Martin Brodeur, Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk all said they were “nervous” heading into the series.

Any concerns, coach?

“No,” DeBoer replied. “This is a huge deal. It doesn’t matter whether you played in this situation before. I mean, Patty and Marty haven’t been here in nine years. Kovy’s never been here. So that doesn’t surprise me. We dealt with that some early in the game. I thought, as the game progressed, we kind of got through that. Now that’s in the rear-view mirror and we can just play.”