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Devils coach: pressure’s on Philly, not us

May 3, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

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Devils coach Peter DeBoer played the time-honored underdog card today, telling reporters that all the pressure is on the Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinal series that resumes tonight at the Prudential Center.

“I think there’s a pressure with being the favorite in a series,” DeBoer said, as per “I think we felt that in the Florida series. I don’t think there’s any doubt and that’s on Philadelphia here.

“That’s something that isn’t easy to deal with knowing you’re supposed to win and not only win, but win convincingly. We like the spot we’re in and we’re just going to keep working.”

New Jersey dominated Tuesday’s Game 2 at the Wells Fargo Center, evening the series 1-1 with a 4-1 victory.

Meanwhile, the Flyers’ lackluster performance drew boos from the crowd – a crowd, it should be noted, that’s not known for alleviating pressure on the home team.

  1. sgtr0c - May 3, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Also a fan base that realizes all this article says is WAAAAAA, WAAAAAA, Pens, WAAAAAAAA….

    Such a stupid cliche, the pressures on them. I guess the Devils feel no pressure to win the game or compete, cause all the pressure is on Flyers. Dumb statement, all four teams are freaking out about who is gonna win.

  2. bigdong28 - May 3, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    I don’t get it…the flyers were asleep in game 2 and the devils managed to get the puck past Bryz only 3 times. (forget that empty netter)…Deboer doesn’t know anything about this flyers team. Favorite or not when they are on their game the Devils don’t have a chance. Tonight won’t be as easy as game 2 Deboer, so shut your mouth until you eliminate this young intense flyers team….It WILL NOT happen

  3. plogsdon - May 3, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Where the hell did you get “Pens” from out of this article? And yea it’s pretty stupid saying there’s no pressure on the Devils. He’s just trying to loosen up his team, but it’s a 5 vs. 6 seed, and the Devils should be feeling pressure to win, just like all the other teams. I don’t think there’s one series right now where one team should be a heavy favorite over another

  4. barroomhero80 - May 3, 2012 at 3:50 PM


  5. dawglb - May 3, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    If I had a dollar for every time I heard a coach say, “The pressure is on them…”, I’d be rich. It is old and overused…. Kind of like Roman Hamrlik.

  6. tfoz5150 - May 3, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    … and this article.

  7. michaell1998 - May 3, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    The Devils are playing with house at this point so if we win, great, if we lose we won’t be criticized as much as the Flyers would since their expected to win.

  8. greggoldberg - May 3, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Uh…this is the same guy who yesterday said “the playoffs are too stressful for you to enjoy.”

    Ix-nay on the mind games, Petey. Play hockey.

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