NEWARK, N.J. -- There was one easy answer coming out of the New Jersey Devils' locker.
The 2-1 overtime loss to the Kings on Saturday wasn't goaltender Martin Brodeur's fault. That the Devils fly to the West Coast down, 2-0, in the Stanley Cup Final can't be hung on their 40-year old goaltender, who "acts like he's a 13-year-old from an energy point of view when he plays," Coach Peter DeBoer said.
Brodeur made 30 saves, many in acrobatic fashion, flopping all over the ice at the Prudential Center.
"He did what he always does, played great," the Devils' Adam Henrique said. "He gave us a chance to win."
But they didn't.
The Devils have trailed in every playoff series this season. But this is the first time they have trailed 2-0 in a series.
The urgency was apparent.
"Must-win games started before Game 1," Devils forward Zach Parise said.
Now they face the possibility of being swept.
The Devils lost the first game to the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers in their last two playoff series, and they trailed the Florida Panthers, 3-2, in the first round.