NEWARK, N.J. -- At one point during his postgame news conference Saturday night, New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise tugged at the knot of his tie and tried to loosen it a bit.
After steeling himself with a clenched jaw for the past 10 days while answering an incessant wave of questions about his lack of production, Parise might be able to finally relax a bit.
Held off the scoresheet in the first four games of the Stanley Cup finals, the 27-year-old winger tallied his first goal of the series in the Devils' 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 on Saturday.
Finally, a chance to silence the critics.
"I think you guys just pissed him off, that's all," Devils coach Pete DeBoer said with a laugh. "Keep doing it."
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