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DeBoer on thought of going down 2-0 to Philly: “You’re playing with fire”

May 1, 2012, 9:23 AM EDT

Peter DeBoer AP

Devils coach Peter DeBoer doesn’t want to think about a world where the Devils could wind up down 2-0 in their series with the Flyers after tonight.

DeBoer tells Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice that while he’s proud of his team’s effort in bouncing back against Florida, getting down deep to Philly is a really bad idea.

“You’re playing with fire,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said today. “At the same time, we’ve been a real resilient group all year and we’re going to keep getting off the mat. I think we’ve shown that through the season and through the first round of the playoffs, coming back and winning Games 6 and 7 when you’re in that hole the way we did (against Florida). So, I wouldn’t count us out at any point in the series.”

The Devils can avoid getting down by continuing to put pressure on Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and throwing a lot of rubber at the net. Bryzgalov’s effort in Game 1 was rough but still the Flyers fought back to win the game in overtime thanks to Danny Briere‘s heroics.

The Devils should pull out all the stops and growl like bears when cycling around the net. Can’t hurt, right?

  1. tcclark - May 1, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    “You’re playing with flyer.” Come on Joe. The word play is practically begging you to use it.

    That’s two now Joe. You missed out on “taking care of bryzness.” This one was a lot easier to see. smh

  2. psudu - May 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    How did the whole “bear” thing work out in the last series? So yes, bring on the bear growls.

  3. phlyinghigh - May 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Peter has gotta have that feeling people get when they see a tornado coming toward their house……Flyers in 5!

  4. mediatedviscera - May 1, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    the problem with that is then you have to “out flyer the flyers.” their “puck pursuit” we’re s lets giddy up and f*****g go team mentality is an identity that they have practiced since Laviollette was hired…the core knows it and the kids got the legs for it. they play a fast game (organized chaos really, watch puck move and the players move with and with out it in the offensive zone, it’s total havoc,) and not to mention probably the best conditioned team in the league. The Devils need to play there game win or lose or it will resemble the Pittsburgh series where Philly got inside their heads way to early…sounds like it’s happening again from the coaches comments…every game in the playoffs is a must win and systems are what win in todays game you can’t change yours or you will be out worked due to too much thinking and play sloppy. in the words of the great herb brooks “Play Your Game.”

    • Jonny 5 - May 1, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      You hit the nail on the head on the Flyers game. This is why their two stars got shipped off last off season. Too busy partying it up and too slow on the ice.

      • mediatedviscera - May 1, 2012 at 2:01 PM

        its a radical change…they had all the room to do it. watching the pittsburgh series i was like, ok it’s the series, we have a chaotic series but i really got it when i saw how they played the third against jersey. i cant remember seen anything like that…constant movement and chaos.

    • lehighdave - May 1, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      Well written…..for a 2nd grader. Actually, no. No, it isn’t.

  5. somekat - May 1, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    At this point, I don’t see the Flyers losing this series. I was a bit nervous coming in, but I think they take it in 6 (Losing a game they should of won). I don’t see much in the Devils PP that scares me with Kovulchuk out (or to be honest, playing as poorly as he was fighting through it), and without that X factor, the Flyers are just too deep.

    If you read the article, you see multiple guys talk about how they had to play like they did in the first. I honestly don’t think they played all that well in the first. I was just that the Flyers were standing around waiting for pucks, and not playing aggressively. Once they got their legs under them and shook off the rust, the Devils had no answer. I see no reason to think that won’t continue through the series. The Devils top 2 lines can hang with the Flyers, no doubt, But when you start getting to the 3rd and 4th, they just can’t stack up

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