Originally Posted by Doug
I watched the game and New Jersey dominated the first period.
We were not ready to play in the first at all. On top of that, NJ scouted us well and found our line changes are beyond sloppy. Everyone on the ice changes at once and coasts to the bench, while all the Devils would have to do is fling the puck up the ice and they'd have an easy odd man rush.
The second period was much better, but the third just lacked a sense of urgency. I thought we shut the Devils down in the second and third for the most part other than a chance or two, but we should have come out with a lot more intensity in the third. They were trapping us well, but when we would dump the puck, we could rarely set up any solid pressure deep in their zone and we would not have a lot of net front presence to jump on the rebounds.
I thought Theo played a lot better and I would expect him to start Sunday. If we can just play like we did in the second period for an entire 60 minutes, we will win Sunday.