Posted 24 April 2014 - 08:23 AM
Yeah, I don't really get upset by 2001 - the Avs were without Forsberg and beat us. The Devils didn't really face anyone fearsome up to that point. Brodeur had played 192 games in two years for some reason. Sometimes you don't get the breaks.
Pittsburgh was the odd team in that run...I don't know what happened with them, but they didn't even seem like they wanted to compete against the Devils. Shut out back-to-back in their own building.
After the first three games against the 'Canes, where the Devils outscored them 11-1 (which meant the Devils had won an absurd 22 out of 24 games), they seemed to lose something. In eventually closing out the series against the 'Canes and having to fight to beat the Leafs in seven, through the second game of the Penguins series, the Devils went 6-6 and were looking very up-and-down (part of this was sudden offensive inconsistency, and Marty was up-and-down throughout the entire playoffs). Then suddenly, they reeled off three straight against the Pens in seemingly dominating fashion, but like I said, that team just seemed disinterested (Carolina at least seemed like they were trying, even though they were clearly the inferior team).
After Game 5 in the SCF, it felt like Colorado just said "The Devils aren't really playing their best and somehow they're up 3-2, what are we doing here, let's quit fvcking around!" and took charge. Marty's game being a mess at that point (he was awful in those finals...not killing him for it, sh!t happens, he was awesome in the three Cup-winning runs) made it that much easier for them to do it.
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Even when Marty comes back maybe Larry should put Clemmensen to be on the goal during the shootouts.
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