The Devils blew their golden chances

At ESPN.com, Scott Burnside writes that the Devils blew chances to score and possibly take Game 1.

Burnside writes, “Mark Fayne, who had the game on his stick in the third period with Quick out of position but couldn’t get enough wood on it to send the puck into the gaping cage.”

After the game, Fayne said, “It just kind of hopped up at the last second. Got a little bit of it, but not as much as I’d have liked to.”

It wasn’t just Fayne who had the golden opportunities for the Devils.

David Clarkson missed an open net when he sailed high and wide in the first period.

Burnside writes, “Zach Parise had an open side of the net, but the puck bounced at an ill-opportune time for him as well. Asked later if he could have done anything different on the play, he said simply, “I could’ve put it in.”

Devils off after Game 1 loss

The Devils are not scheduled to practice today, but  will have a media availability with Pete De Boer and selected players.

Numbers Don’t Lie: Odds against Devils

Since the best-of-7 format was introduced in 1939, teams winning Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals have gone on to win the Cup in 55 of 72 seasons (76.4%).

Last season, the Boston Bruins lost Game 1, but went on to win the Cup in 7 games.

Postgame

Devils coach Pete DeBoer said after the game that he believes the Devils didn’t deserve to win Game 1.

Katie Strang of ESPN NY tweeted, “Couple of Devils players said they thought that was team’s worst game of playoffs, guys fighting nerves at the start.”

Martin Brodeur said after the game, “The ice was bad, we made turnovers, we panicked w/ the puck…it was a weird game. Not a great game for hockey, that’s for sure.”

Thoughts after Game 1

Couple thoughts after tonight’s loss:

  • I know, it hurts, but the Devils need to regroup and come out firing in Game 2, like they did against the Flyers and Rangers.
  • The Devils came out flat until they scored their first goal (late in the second period).
  • The Devils need to take more shots on Jonathan Quick. 18 shots in the entire game in not enough.
  • Too much passing in the offensive zone in the first period. Overpassing, trying to be fancy. Just need to shoot the puck.
  • The Devils need to bury wide open shots. David Clarkson missed in the first period, then Zach Parise had a chance, but got blocked and last, Mark Fayne missed a wide open net.
  • Ilya Kovalchuk needs to step up if the Devils want to win. He needs to get involved. He had no shots and no hits.
  • Devils power play was awful (first PP was okay). 0 for 2 with two shots.
  • Martin Brodeur was great but the first goal he allowed was too weak from his standpoint.

Final (OT): Devils 1, Kings 2

The LA Kings take a 1-0 series lead after a 3-2 overtime win in Game 1.

The Facts: 

  • Anton Volchenkov scored his first playoff goal since Game 3 of 2007 Stanley Cup finals when he was with the Ottawa Senators (vs. Ducks).
  • The Kings outshot the Devils 25-18.
  • Martin Brodeur made 23 saves on 25 shots.
  • The Devils were 0 for 2 on the power play and 1 for 1 for their penalty kill.
  • David Clarkson and Patrik Elias picked up the assists on Volchenkov’s goal at 18:48 of the second period.
  • Ryan Carter and Zach Parise, both 3, led Devils with shots on goals.

Three stars of the game: 3.) Patrik Elias 2.) Martin Brodeur 1.) Anze Kopitar