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DeBoer is confident Devils will have a good Game 6

May 24, 2012, 8:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Alexei Ponikarovsky #12 of the New Jersey Devils vies for positino between Anton Stralman #32 and Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

New Jersey has now won two contests in a row, but their Game 5 victory wasn’t exactly pretty. They got off to a 3-0 lead, but coughed it up before adding two late goals for a 5-3 win. Devils coach Pete DeBoer put the best spin on it possible.

“I thought we found a way to weather the storm and we hung with it,” DeBoer said, “and we felt that if we could get back on the forecheck we could create some more offense. And the goal was a forecheck goal. Kovalchuk goes in, eliminates the defensemen. Gionta scoops up the puck and makes a play. And our depth guys were outstanding tonight.”

Surrendering a 3-0 lead, even in a game you eventually win, isn’t typically a big confidence booster, but in the playoffs, there’s no such thing as a bad victory. New Jersey now has a 3-2 series lead going into Game 6 in New Jersey.

“I think we’ll be good. We’re at home in front of our home crowd,” DeBoer said of Game 6. “I think we worked awful hard to have this opportunity. I’m confident we’re going to throw a good game out there.”

The Rangers have already played in three games where they’ve faced elimination in their 2012 playoff run. We’ll see if they have another win in them.

  1. spavs412 - May 24, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Hank is only great when shots don’t make it to him lol

  2. bekay19 - May 24, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    A “What If” to ponder..

    If the Devils win the cup… A. How does Zack Parise not re-sign with the Devils?
    B. Marty Brodeur solidifies himself as the best goaltender, ever?

    • chill1184 - May 24, 2012 at 9:22 AM

      Very unlikely Parise doesn’t sign if the team makes the Cup finals and if they do get to the finals and win it, Brodeur leaves the game on a high note.

    • getadealdonealready - May 25, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      A. The further they go the higher his price goes up, the question to ponder is who is going to play in net for them next year. If they win, I have to imagine that is a good way for Marty to go out. I don’t think a team can afford Illya, ZP, and then be able to go out and get a above average goalie. If I’m ZP it would be tough to commit to a team that would have so many questions in net beyond this year. B. Marty is the best regardless of what happens this year, and will be impossible to replace!

  3. quonce - May 24, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Brodeur already is the best Goaltender ever. (respect to Ken Dryden).

  4. brian32556 - May 24, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    “What if” to Ponder: Had the Refs CALLED the HIGH STICKING penalty on Gionta before he scored the goal, how different would the game have started? EH?!

  5. jkr3 - May 24, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Get over it brian. It should have a 4 or 5 minute penalty for the high stick on Zubrus.

    • screenjam110 - May 24, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      Huge Ranger fan here. I almost cried last night, for real. But ill tell you all what i told my son….its not the refs (although they have STUNK for both sides), its the Rangers. They have been outplayed the first 4 games and won 2 of em. Last night they dominated for the most part and lost. We were lucky the series wasn’t over in 4…..

      If they play the way they played last night over the next game and hopefully 2, they should win. if they dont, they have NOONE to blame but themselves (and the fact they hit 8 posts in 5 games)

  6. nyrangersfan - May 24, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    You’re right screenjam. The Rangers came all this way and if they think they’re going to beat the Devils by playing the way they’ve been playing, they’re out of their minds. I think its ridiculous Torts has to call a time out in the first period every game to get them rolling. However, after they got rolling they dominated but Lundqvist unfortunately had a horrible night. Lundqvist has won too many games for anyone to be upset at him. That’s what happens when you rely on the goalie night in and night out. The Rangers need to kick it in high gear at the drop of the puck in game 6 like we know they can. Rangers will win games 6 and 7, they play best under pressure.

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