NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Devils were in an upbeat but realistic mood on Friday as they prepared for a second try at preventing the Kings from clinching the Stanley Cup.
The Devils postponed the Kings’ celebrations on Wednesday by recording a 3-1 victory at Staples Center to narrow the Kings’ lead to three games to one. Only three teams in NHL history have overcome 3-0 series deficits and only one, the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, have done it in the Final. The Devils will try to stave off elimination again on Saturday, when Game 5 is played at the Prudential Center at 5 p.m. Pacific time. The game will be aired on KNBC in Los Angeles.
“You know it’s going to happen again. So why not us?” Devils coach Peter DeBoer said Friday after his team skated at its practice rink adjacent to the Prudential Center.
“I think that’s the approach. You’re not going to go 200 years without someone else doing it. So it’s been long enough. It might as well be us.”
How do they get there? There are no secrets and no new formulas.
“You’ve just got to win games. There’s not much more that we can do,” goaltender Martin Brodeur said. “Again we were looking for something to spark us. Hopefully that big win late in the third period is something that for them, getting to be so close to it and not getting it in front of their fans where everything was ready for them, hopefully that can trigger something. But it’s a long ways away for us and we’re just taking it day by day.”