Is the problem Quick is too good this year, or the Devils are not good enough? I do not know because the Devils are doing everything it takes to lose to Quick. You have got to smack 45 or more pucks at Quick. You are not going to beat Quick and his phenomenal speed and lower-leg strength by flicking 20 routine saves at this kid. The Devils must stop giving the Kings long stretch passes and allowing them to set up plays on their terms. You have got to relentlessly forecheck and force the Kings to make mistakes. The D has to take the slot away. Marty has to dig down deep and play the best hockey of his career. He cannot allow a soft goal against Quick because these are all low-scoring games and one goal is all it could take to win. Not to mention Quick is having a breakout year and rewriting playoff history, and chances are slim he is going to turn into human Swiss cheese in these last few games. You have got to bump Quick to frustrate him and throw him off his game. And you have got to shoot the puck directly along the ice to create rebounds and use screens to deflect pucks past Quick.
You beat Quick on rebounds, deflections, and pinpoint-precise shots right under the crossbar and right inside the posts. If the Devils did that since Game 1, I am very confident this series would have been a lot more even. The Devils have to hit those empty nets. Those are the differences between winning and losing. So, are the Devils done? No, but each Devil is going to have to bring his AAA game from here on. They cannot take stupid penalties and the PP has got to get it done. If all this happens for three more games, and it's a big "if," the Devils tie this thing 3-3 and then win it 4-3 in seven games. You are supposed to give it your all every minute you are on the ice, season or playoffs. This is the Stanley Cup Final, and any team that does not know that does not deserve to win the Cup. I am grossly disappointed in the Devils' organization for not wanting it badly enough. It seems they are content with their three Cups in 1995, 2000 and 2003.
Edited by PhillyDev, 08 June 2012 - 03:17 PM.
Martin Brodeur, win your fourth Cup.