I'm not so sure they know they played like crap, like you say. Did you watch Zajac's interview after the 3rd? He said their play dropped off a "little", but they just need to up it a little bit. He didn't seem concerned at all, and neither did the rest of the team, it seemed. JL was probably singing Kumbaya from behind the bench throughout the 3rd and OT.
Like I said after game 1. The team is feeding off the coach like it or not. Parise thought they played well in Game 1, and they still think they are playing well enough to win, when in all honesty it could be 3 - 0 right now instead of 2 - 1. Even the game 2 that they won could have gone either way as well. Last night was a perfect example. The third period, they were penned in their own end for so long it seemed like they were on the PK most of it.
This team has not brought nearly the intensity it needs to win this series to this point. I hope they have anothewr gear because if not by next week we will be wondering how a team that scraped to get in on the last day of the season knocked the Devils out of the playoffs. I knopw they have more, and are still a better team. When they want to play they take it to the Flyers, but that energy is too far and between to win these tight games.
Marty is playing well, now the rest of the team needs to support him with some offensive momentum!
There is no way in hell Brian Boucher should be beating this team I dont care who they have playing defense in front of them, and even then they only have Pronger and Timmonen.
JL you need to show some dame emotion!! Maybe throw a trash can or two in the locker room like another Devils Coach did...