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Devils head coach DeBoer irate, defiant following Game 3 loss

Jun 5, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT

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The New Jersey Devils are in deep trouble. They’re down 3-0 in the Stanley Cup finals and they just got blown out, 4-0, by the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 Monday at the Staples Center.

Still, Devils coach Peter DeBoer was defiant when talking to the media after the contest. He was asked if he was disappointed after the Devils squandered a 5-on-3 advantage late in the first period.

“No, I’m not disappointed in our team. We played right to the final buzzer,” an annoyed DeBoer said. “I don’t care what the scoreboard said. We battled right to the buzzer, and we’ll do the same on Wednesday night.”

He got more irate when asked if the Devils need to do more offensively.

“Well, I think that’s pretty obvious,” DeBoer said. “Of course, we need more goals. Is that a question or a statement? Are you giving me your opinion on what’s going wrong? Next question.”

Those remarks come a day after DeBoer said the Devils did “50% better” in Game 2 compared to their loss in the series opener. In his eyes, the Devils seem to be marching upwards even as they edge towards the brink of elimination.

To be fair, there is an argument to be made that the Devils did show signs of improvement after Game 1 – but so what? Progress is nice, but if results don’t follow then the alternatives have to be seriously considered.

Ironically, it’s been the team that’s been consistently winning that has made the most dramatic move. The Los Angeles Kings took a chance and inserted Simon Gagne into the lineup on Monday for the first time since Dec. 26.

Now the question is if DeBoer will make any lineup changes going into Game 4. He’s shown a willingness to tweak the line combinations, but that’s been about the extent of his tampering in the Stanley Cup finals. Adam Larsson, Petr Sykora, and Henrik Tallinder are all ready and waiting to show what they can do against Los Angeles. We’ll see if any of them get a chance on Wednesday.

  1. manchestermiracle - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    I guess if you’re not only being outplayed but outcoached as well about the only thing left is to snap at some poor reporter. Too bad DaBore can’t show a little more class and maturity. Losing shows a person’s true character…

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 5, 2012 at 6:41 AM

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHHAHAHAAHHAHAAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHH THE communist team from NORF jersey who is uber disciplined has officially lost it ! I would like to thank one man and one man only on watching this enjoyable meltdown MR QUICK Thank You,,, I have been waiting years for that team to run into this !

      • goalieparent - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:15 PM

        Clearly outplayed and completely stumped in game 3, but still a classy bunch of players and a great coach.

        The Flyers or the Rangers would have started a fight to try and get a momentum change. Their coaches would have yelled and screamed and blamed a single bad call.

        DeBoer was frustrated, but not by Quick. Nothing against JQ, he’s fantastic, but DeBoer is being frustrated by the entire Kings team. Probably by his star players too.

        NJ had plenty of chances in games 1 and 2 where Quick was off balance or out of position. It wasn’t a lack of luck or good bounces that made them miss those chances, it was pressure from the Kings defense. They are playing stellar hockey !

      • judahbenhur - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:38 PM

        The most annoying aspect of the series is the relentless rooting for the Devils by the announcers. every piece of analysis is about what the Devils have to do and there is very little about what the Kings are doing right, other than praise for Quick. Olczyk constantly laments every Kings goal. Millbury sounds depressed. A Devil player runs into Stoll when his head is turned, not looking at the Devils player and Olczyk blames Stoll and criticizes the ref relentlessly. Penner gets a goalie interference penalty and Olczyk says it has to be called, even when the replay shows Penner was outside the crease and did not touch Brodeur who clearly flopped. A few minutes later a Devil player takes out Quick’s skates, causing the Kings goalie to land on his head, and Olczyk says good no call. There is almost no analysis about the unbelievable defense the Kings are playing, cutting the time shooters have to lift the puck. Kovalchek is tanking in this series and we have to hear he’s hurt, that’s the reason he has been feckless. Brown hasn’t been the same since he got whacked by Goalie Smith in the last round, but no excuse for him. 90% of the experts picked New Jersey. This is a joke.

      • namriverrat69 - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:58 PM

        judahbenhur –

        I totally agree. I don’t see why the network couldn’t at least allow the Kings announcers to broadcast locally simalcast (sc). I can’t stand the one sided favortism by the Jersey announcers either. In an earlier series one of the announcers in the booth for the first game works for the Ducks and he was showing clear favoritism to the opposing team. After reading the blogs he was placed down in the bench area to interview players so he could not show is out right dislike of the Kings. If the announcer can’t be unbiased then he/she shouldn’t be in the booth. I don’t care how good Doc Emmeric is to the Devils, he doesn’t belong in the booth broadcasting Devils/Kings games. Same with Oylczyk. I liked him when he played for the Kings but his favortism should be replaced too. Barry Melrose people understand, it was his one claim to fame and he is entertaining. Unfortunately it is all business for the networks to cave to Jersey. They’re probably all snookie fans anyway.

        All these years the Kings weren’t in it and I rooted for the West Coast teams because it gave all of us more exposure and credibility to the east coast writers. Can’t understand the hatred by the west coast hockey fans.

  2. hrudey - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    They need to be more than 100% better at this point – Quick’s GAA in the finals is a paltry 0.59.

  3. michaell1998 - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Are you kidding me? Deboer is totally right a few bounces here or there and its 2-1 Devils in this series. Yes the kings are a great team but they’ve been lucky thus far this series. Its just the devs arent getting ANYYYYY bounces in their favor.

    • daftshadow - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:37 AM

      alright, with your comment we all know you’re a Devils fan. luck? i don’t think luck even applies to the Stanley Cup Finals so far. Game 1, Anze scored that amazing one-on-one goal against Marty. that’s all skill my friend. no luck. Game 2, Jeff Carter gets his own rebound and shoots from a distance and scores through 4, four! Devils in the way. that’s all skill my friend. Game 3, just watch all four goals and those are all skill my friend.

      if you want luck, guess you can take this quote from Marty, “It’s unfortunate, but with a little luck on our side, we could be up 2-0,” Brodeur said.

    • judahbenhur - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:46 PM

      The Kings have been lucky in all three games? The Kings were lucky winning all 10 games on the road, including beating the #1, 2 and 3 ranked teams in their conference? The Devils have scored 2 goals in three games that include two OT games. One was a fluke goal and the other was a deflection where the puck bounced off the ice. The Kings defense and goaltending are lucky? 93% PK rate is lucky over the course of 4 series against the best teams in hockey? Kopitar’s goal beating Brodeur up top was lucky? Williams’ goal was lucky? Carter’s OT goal was lucky? Kopitar’s OT goal was lucky or did he undress Brodeur on a breakaway? Whatever gets you through night, HOMER.

    • namriverrat69 - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      The complaints are all hot air whining about what they wished had happened and what they didn’t quite do – win the first 3 games. 3-0 or 4-0 not much difference. The Devils still can’t score against Quicker and they are embarrassed. As the saying goes “it ain’t over till the fat lady sings”. It’s not over but she is loosening up her voice.

      2-3 years from now no one is going to remember the whines of all the losing teams. All that will be remembered is that, should the Kings win the Cup, it was one hell of a run with some extremely talented players. This Kings team has raised the bar of excellence in team hockey.

      Whoever wins will push the name of John Pocklington’s mother farther away on the Cup. Allowing Pocklington to do put his mother’s name on Lord Stanley’s Cup was the most ridiculously absurd “NO CALL” by NHL officials in the history of the league.

      LONG LIVE THE KINGS!!!!!!!

  4. pop562 - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Kings are 3-0…enough said, they earn it and deserve to go all the way. An 8th seed team that win games on the road and Quick is playing lights out. Shut up with the luck stuff… It makes you sound sore loser and that’s pathetic.

  5. blkeskimo1785 - Jun 5, 2012 at 6:15 AM

    First off, the Kings have done a tremendous job in being able to get the lead early in games and holding onto it or finding a way to win; having said that, there’s a lot of people are wearing purple-tinted sunglasses. What they have done isn’t luck by any means, but if the Devils were to have a few more fortuitous bounces their way, this series could be 2-1 either way. Not taking away anything from the Kings, but the hockey Gods have shunned New Jersey.

    • blkeskimo1785 - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:03 AM

      here* not “are”

    • hrudey - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      And two fewer fortunate bounces for the Devils and they’re on a 180 minute scoreless streak. But I will credit the Devils for continuing to battle, and they’ve certainly done a great job not blowing any leads against the Kings so far.

  6. id4joey - Jun 5, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    DeBoer, maybe we should ask Marty to score a few goals. Oh! And we’re seeing a breakdown in defensive coverage. What’s up with that?

  7. rpiotr01 - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:42 AM

    Outplayed, out-coached, outclassed. While I daydream that the Rangers may have put up more of a fight, fact is LA turned into a snarling buzzsaw at exactly the right moment (unlike the Pens, who peaked about 3 weeks too soon). I just don’t see the Devils getting one at this point. The Kings players just soon too focused and yet so loose right now. One gets the sense they’re really enjoying themselves, and that comes through in their play.

  8. ermur22 - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    No such thing as luck in the playoffs. You knew Jersey fans are gonna be sore losers. Just admit that LA is MUCH better team…better goalie better team. They just got plain beat

    • devfan4life - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      I forgot how many stanley cups the kings won. Mmmmmmmmm. NONE…..When you get more than 2 cups then you can talk. Until then. Enjoy you bandwagon ride. Because this is the last time you will ever see the kings get that far.

      • judahbenhur - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:52 PM

        What a gracious loser you are, and I do mean loser. Enjoy the humidity in New Jersey and remember to hydrate. You don’t want to cramp up when muggers are chasing you. Jersey has the charm of a trash dump, but you have three cups and now we have one, but without the humidity and many more libraries.

  9. istallion - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Kings deserve this so let them have it and be glad for it.

  10. joshm5683 - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    I’m cheering for the Kings, but you can’t really get mad at someone for snapping after a pretty crippling defeat in any championship series. Yeah, you’d maybe like a bit more control of the emotions, but really you can’t get too upset at him.

  11. blindandhappy - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    As a hockey fan, and a Quick supporter since he was at Hamden high… This series is 3-0.. But very likely should be 2-1 Devils… They had countless misses, it’s their own fault.. The devils had one bounce, game 1 goal. But the majority of Kings goals were off bounces. This Stanley Cup looks a lot worse than it is..and sadly Marty will go out of the league the same way he came in, just on the other side of the 95 cup

    • cweez2 - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      The goals all count the same. You still have to get pucks to the net. LA has done that. They finished chances they had (Kopitar’s OT winner vs. Fayne’s open net miss). When we get to the Cup Finals, it’s the little things that matter. LA’s been doing that.

  12. pop562 - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Could have and would have gone 2-1 the devils way…man, just listen to some of these people is ridiculous. The kings made goals without your so called lucky bounces. Quick is one of the best goalies on ice and all those saying lucky bounces is just discrediting a great goalie. However, no one has won anything yet, the magic number is 4 wins… So until then, cheer for your team and be proud they made it this far… the kings are consistent with no luck involved.

  13. jacktin - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Now you Kings fans stop acting like Rangers fans !!! I am neither a Kings nor Devils fan. However, I like both teams.

    I like Marty Brodeur for obvious reasons. He is the best goalie to play this game, marginally surpassing Bernie Parent. Patrick Roy doesn’t have as much class as these other guys.

    I also like the way the Kings are playing from back (Quick) to front (goal production). Say what you want but Gretzy’s Oilers couldn’t beat these Kings right now. They’re an absolute buzz saw and Quick may be at Marty stature very soon in his career !!!

    Now don’t go and say DeBoer doesn’t have any class. Nor, his team, for that matter. They have had more class than a lot of other teams this playoff season.

    My point is this: Say what you want, but the first LA goal should not have been allowed. Broduer had the puck frozen and it should have been whistled dead. It’s hard enough trying to come back from where the Devils were at that point. It harder when the top officiating crew in the NHL (maybe, supposedly) blows a call like that one. I would be pizzed if I were DeBoer … so would you.

    I don’t think it would have mattered in the outcome. However, it affect a player, coach, and team going forward. It is a distraction and knocks a team off point.
    To sum it up: The Devils didn’t have a chance. After the blown call, they really didn’t have a chance !!!

  14. fresnodick - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    As a Sharks fan I have to hold my nose to cheer for the Kings, but the Devils have had their day (and 3 cups), so I’m delighted with the results so far.
    I have great respect for Marty and what he and the Devils have accomplished, but they are one of my 3 or 4 least favorite teams.
    Too much is made of the Kings 8th seed…a couple more timely wins and they could have been 2nd. But there I go with the “IF” word, something that Devils fans are guilty of in these comments.
    As to the “blown” call, every season, all season long, play is blown dead when the goalie really doesn’t have control because the ref lost sight of the puck. In this case, the ref saw the puck as not controlled. If the loss had been 1-0, this might be worth debating.
    As far as J. Quick, yeah he’s unbelievable. Hope he gets traded out of the conference before the Sharks have to face him next season (which will happen the day Gary Bettman admits that fighting is bad).

  15. lookatyounow20 - Jun 5, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    First. I am a devils fan. Second I love how people are saying that we are whining sore losers. I can personally say I am distraught over how they are playing…but they are being outplayed none the less. Any tea
    Being down 3-0 in any final would be the same way…unless there from Philly…they may actually kill Santa. But regardless…to put a positive into this blog for devils fans and to stop the mindless bashing of a franchise who is always put under the likes of the rangers and the flyers and even you kings fans…we made it far when we probably shouldn’t have. We played our asses off…and now were playing a better team…hats off to the kings to what looks like their first Stanley cup.

    • t25244 - Jun 5, 2012 at 6:28 PM

      Thank you:) I’m a Kings fan and know that not ALL fans are sore losers. If it was the other way around I too would be wanting to remind everyone these players have played their asses off,stepped up to the playoff expectations,and left some commentators looking like fools. You are a incredible team that has not whined from what I have seen,played(PLAY) professionally,and kept your composer.We both know how some players turn into 3 year olds when they aren’t winning. Of course I want the Kings to win,but over the years I have learned it isn’t over till it’s over. The kings have been up before and turn around to lose. Most Kings fans have been waiting for that other shoe to drop and thank goodness it hasn’t yet….LOL :)

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