Saturday, June 9, 2012
Devils anxious for Game 5
By Mike Mazzeo
The Devils, down 3-1 to the Kings and facing elimination again, held an optional skate on Saturday afternoon prior to Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals.
About half the players participated -- including Ilya Kovalchuk and Martin Brodeur.
Zach Parise got onto the ice early, but after taking a few shots, he left before he could skate with his teammates.
“I just wanted to get on the ice and try out a couple sticks and that was it,” Parise said. “I didn’t want to skate and waste any energy.”
Coach Peter DeBoer said there won’t be any changes, and his lineup will remain the same.
“It’s nice to bring it back home and play in our own building in front of our fans,” Adam Henrique said.
“We’re pretty anxious to get it going,” Parise said.
Parise said scoring the first goal and limiting mistakes will be the difference. The last 10 Devils playoff games have been won by the team that has scored the first goal.
“The first goal's important,” DeBoer said. “Again, I don't think there's any secret that we won the last game because for the first time in the series we found a way to get some momentum. It hasn't been for lack of effort.
“I think we've pushed hard enough in first periods of games in this series to grab the lead at different points. But Jonathan Quick either has made a big save or they made a good defensive play to keep us off the board. That momentum is important, for sure.”