NEWARK, N.J. -- Los Angeles may be ecstatic about the Kings reaching the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1993, but the Devils sure aren’t.
"Good for them. I don’t care," Ilya Kovalchuk said following Wednesday’s morning skate.
But this does clarify things a bit, no? After all, if the Devils win two more games against the Rangers they’ll advance to the finals for the first time since 2003.
"They know they’re there," Patrik Elias said. "It does nothing for us."
The thought of playing in his first-ever finals hasn’t crept into Zach Parise's mind.
"Not at all. That’s a long ways away," the Devils’ captain said. "It’s gonna be hard. There’s still a lot of work to be done."
Parise and Elias both said they didn’t watch the Kings beat the Coyotes in overtime on Tuesday night.
"I shut it off after the second period so I didn’t see it," Parise said.
"I got a little baby to wake up with in the morning," Elias said.
The Devils know Game 5 of their Eastern Conference finals series with the Rangers will be a pivotal game. The winner moves one step from advancing to the finals, while the loser moves one step from going home empty-handed.
The Devils may have won Game 4 handily, but, so far, momentum has meant nothing in this series.
The Devils have arguably outplayed the Rangers in all but two periods during the series. But Henrik Lundqvist has been the best player on the ice in two of the first four games, which is why the series is even at two.
"We have to play the same way we played last game," Kovalchuk said. "We have to be aggressive. We have to forecheck well and control our emotions."