Game Five Brings Chance For a Turnaround
Colin White and the Devils hope to be ready and recharged for Saturday's game five.
It’s clear that, for Lamoriello, not even a potential elimination game should pressure anyone on New Jersey’s experience-laden roster into personally carrying the burden of a must-win game.
The ideal end result would be a win at the Meadowlands in Saturday’s game five (8 p.m., FSN NY, 92.3 Free FM) to force a game six in Ottawa on Monday.
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Though the Devils dropped back-to-back games to the Sens in Ottawa, scoring only twice, Lamoriello’s approach to this next game seems to hinge on ignoring those recent trends and focusing instead on New Jersey’s opportunity to climb out of its two-game deficit.
He noted that the losses in games three and four were mentally draining for his group, if only because of how close they were. The Devils were within a goal of Ottawa in the last two minutes of each contest, and, arguably, a lucky bounce away from evening up the score in either game.
“The previous games have no effect,” Lamoriello said. “The games after that have no effect. You have to have the mental toughness and the confidence that you’re just going to play one game and not worry about anything else. Put everything out of your mind, because that’s all that counts is that game you’re playing.”
Some have tried to draw a parallel between this season’s 3-1 deficit, and the one the Devils faced in 2000, when they came back to win three straight and oust Philadelphia in seven games.