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Devils Coach Peter DeBoer keeps his eyes on the prize

June 08, 2012|By Helene Elliott
  • Devils Coach Peter DeBoer maintains his focus during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Devils Coach Peter DeBoer maintains his focus during Game 4 of the Stanley… (Harry How / Getty Images )

NEWARK, N.J.—The Stanley Cup Final is serious stuff, but New Jersey Devils Coach Peter DeBoer on Friday found reason to laugh after his team practiced in preparation for Saturday's Game 5 against the Kings.

DeBoer was participating in a post-practice news conference Friday when a reporter asked a rambling question about how difficult it was to maintain focus in the face of the team’s predicament of trailing the Kings, 3-1, in the series. DeBoer, smiling, interrupted.

“I thought you were going to ask about the lady behind the bench,” he said of the porn star who became something of a distraction from her seat behind the visiting team’s bench at Staples Center.

“You saw my 100% focus on the game. That’s discipline.”

His wife, he said, “saw the focus.”

Smart coach, smart husband.

The Devils skated on their practice rink, and we’ll have a report on that shortly. The Kings are scheduled to skate at 2:15 p.m. Eastern time.

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