For a second straight series, the Devils are down 1-0 in the series after losing Game 1. This time around, the Devils know that Game 2 is a “must win”.
Ilya Kovalchuk told Tom Gulitti of Fire and Ice, “It’s happened with us before where we lose one game. (Wednesday night) is a must-win game for us, and we just have to be focused and do our best.”
The Devils lost 4-3 in overtime to the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of the previous round. The Devils went on to win four straight and knock-out the Flyers from the playoffs.
Pete DeBoer told Gulitti, “We’ve been in this spot before. We know we can play better, and credit to them, they got the job done, found a way to get a win. Now, it’s on us to respond the right way.”