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One team’s distraction is another’s motivation; Devils fired up by Game 4 party atmosphere

Jun 11, 2012, 10:07 AM EDT

Peter DeBoer AP

Yesterday we heard from Drew Doughty about how the scene surrounding Game 4 in Los Angeles with the Kings on the brink of winning the Stanley Cup on home ice proved to be a big distraction. The other side of that coin, however, is that such a scene can be motivation for the team going into such an atmosphere.

Devils coach Peter DeBoer addressed what Doughty had to say in yesterday’s media availability and said spoiling the Kings’ party plans only gave them something else to shoot for.

“Sure, that’s motivation,” DeBoer said. “When your bus has to pull by the 10 limos parked on the road for the after party, that’s definitely a motivation.”

The celebrities, the glitz, the glam, the bottles of champagne on ice in said limos… Yeah, I would be fired up to make sure everyone’s plans got ruined too. Will the scene be any different tonight for Game 6 though? Not likely. The Kings are still a win away from winning it all and Doughty says they learned their lesson in getting too far ahead of themselves. Maybe this time they can park the limousines somewhere the Devils (and Kings) won’t see them.

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    The party atmosphere thing is week dude ! What were the fans suppose to do sit on their hands ? DeBoer’s crap is week, the more he opens his mouth the more the curtain comes down on him !Just say it, your 40 year old goaldie is saving your ass party or no party ! And before anybody corrects my use of the word goaldie thats what we called a goalie back in 1975 on the streets !

    • youdownwithjpp - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      I don’t understand your logic. All he is saying, is that seeing the fans and team ready to celebrate their phantom victory is what motivated them. He didn’t criticize them by saying they shouldn’t be doing it, just that it served as motivation.

      Also, can I correct your usage of the word “week” rather than “weak”?

      • devlnri - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM

        I think someones angry….waaaaaa….whats funny, is saying the other teams 40 yr old goldie is saving their ass. Your little floppin quicky guy, is what has kept your team in this the whole way, but that tide is turning…

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