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Parise: “We know we can accomplish a comeback”

Jun 7, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

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To little surprise, the New Jersey Devils are uttering much more positive quotes after avoiding a sweep against the Los Angeles Kings last night. Captain Zach Parise ranked among the optimistic observers on Thursday, as Andy Vasquez reports.

“Our backs are against the wall and we responded each time,” Parise said. “We’ve been playing well but we’re still down so it doesn’t change much. Getting that first win was big for us, for confidence, we know we can accomplish a comeback.”

Peter DeBoer echoed those thoughts, making an admittedly obvious statement that the series could really “turn” if New Jersey wins on Saturday. DeBoer also had some very positive things to say about Game 4 additions Petr Sykora and Henrik Tallinder.

“They gave us a real shot of energy,” DeBoer said. “I thought, whenever you’re out for an extended period, you worry about how they’re going to get in, their timing and things. But you can tell they’re veteran guys. They had no hesitation when you talked to them about going back in, and that’s how they played.”

Those veteran guys will get an extra night off between games, too, which could be especially valuable if they don’t quite have that vaunted first-game-back adrenaline in Game 5. Either way, the Devils seem confident that they can “make a series” of the 2012 Stanley Cup finals.

  1. lidstrom5 - Jun 7, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    It be crazy if they did come back and win it 4 straight but i doubt the league will let that happen ….its not the way you sell the product on the west coast.

  2. martysbetter - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Hey its worth a shot, right?

  3. lidstrom5 - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:25 PM


  4. broadstbully33 - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    hahaha conspiracy…it couldnt be that coming back from 3-0is one of the hardest things in sports to do except for flyers…not to mention jerz is completely outclassed in every position

  5. scionofflame - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    They can try, but I don’t believe Jersey will manage it. Valiant effort.

  6. letsgosjsharks - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Lets Go Devils!!! #BEATLA from a sharks fan

  7. blomfeld - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:33 AM


    Yes it’s true friends ! … and what’s also true is that they come in all sizes ! :)

    In all seriousness, Saturday night now can’t come soon enough ! I do hope and pray that our beloved Kings will finish off these Lucifers with conviction, so that we “real” hockey fans can finally take pleasure in the fact that the “uppity” east-coasters have been put in their place, once and for all ! Like many of you, I’m also just a decent “values-driven” fan of the game of hockey and the LA Kings happen to be “my” team … and yet I’m positively sick to my stomach with this east-coast bias in the media ! The Philadelphia Flyers are a criminal organization and so the sooner we eliminate their confederates, then the better for all !

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • hockeyknowledge - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:22 AM

      Are you sure you aren’t going to far.

  8. xjokerz - Jun 8, 2012 at 3:31 AM

    Hurry up and end it so parise can be a wing already

    • polegojim - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      Frankly xjokerz… with a -5 in the playoffs… his results are very underwhelming.

      This is his audition/interview… and he’s failed. When you wear the C – you better put up some numbers.

      The Wings don’t need any more of that on the ice. Maybe he should stay in NJ.

  9. hockeyknowledge - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    It doesn’t matter what team says this, it’s always likely to end the same.

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