Devils Continue Comeback, Hand Kings First Road Loss
The New Jersey Devils refuse to give in.
Zach Parise and Bryce Salvador scored to give them a 2-1 victory at Prudential Center to take the Stanley Cup finals back to Los Angeles for a Game Six. It was the first loss on the road for the Kings this playoff season.
Future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur came up big for the Devils, turning away 25 shots including a Jarrett Stoll breakaway when the score was tied at 1-1.
Salvador has now scored four goals in the postseason after going scoreless through 82 games of the regular season and New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer said: "That's something that he's really kind of mastered here over the last month of the playoffs. He's had great composure back there for us, getting shots through. We wouldn't be here without him."
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has been immense throughout the Kings' run to the finals, but it was his error that led to Parise's opening goal and DeBoer admitted getting that first goal was crucial for the Devils.
"We needed the first goal. Regardless of how it looked, we needed the first goal. I thought they controlled the first period. They were the better team in the first period, which was a little surprising. I don't know whether it was nerves for us or what. But they controlled the period. Marty made some big saves for us. We capitalized on a mistake. But it's nice that we're finding some holes in them right now."
"We've been counted out right back to last summer and the pre-season predictions all the way through. One thing about our group is that, you know, they believe that we can win. They believe we can win every game we play if we play the right way. It's just a matter of stringing together a couple more here."
"The first two games of the series, we're at home, we didn't get the first goal either game, we lost both games. We couldn't get any momentum. We found a way again tonight like we did in Game 4 to get that ball rolling and it's critical this time of year.
"They're going to award the Stanley Cup to somebody here in the next two games. There's only two games left in a season where both teams are going on a hundred and probably ten games. So this is probably right where you want to be. think we'll put our best foot forward."
Kings coach Darryl Sutter expects game six to follow a similar path to game five but insists the pressure remains on the Devils.
He said: "I still think we'll digest tonight and travel. Expect it to be another game like tonight. You got to finish your opportunities. You got to work to get 'em, you pretty much have to not give up more than one.
"The only way to really look at it in the series is the first goal. Whoever scores the first goal, that's the way it's been. We scored the first goal in the first three. That tells you just really how close it is.
"I'm going to say the pressure's on them because they're the home team and they had a hundred-some points."