At ESPN.com, Scott Burnside writes that if the Devils want to win, their star players need to step up.
It is patently clear the Devils will not only lose this final series unless Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk, Patrik Elias, Dainius Zubrus, David Clarkson et al. suddenly find the back of the Kings net with some kind of regularity, their chances of winning even a single game are slim
The Devils have only scored two goals in this series. One came from fourth-liner Ryan Carter and the other from Anton Volchenkov, which deflected off a Kings’ defenseman.
Ilya Kovalchuk told Burnside, “There’s no way we can lose three in a row. It’s just unbelievable. We work hard, we create chances but couldn’t capitalize.”
At some point, some of the other Devils are going to have to engage in some heavy lifting. This isn’t about heart or will or effort. No one is suggesting that the Devils’ top players aren’t trying or they don’t care. That’s not the point.
Burnside writes that Kings’ star players are stepping up and thats why this series is where it is. Drew Doughty has now scored first in 10 of 16 postseason games. Anze Kopitar scored the overtime winner in Game 1 and Jeff Carter scored the OT winner in Game 2.