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DeBoer: 'We gotta find a way to score a goal'

Saturday, 05.19.2012 / 6:00 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / Rangers vs. Devils series blog

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DeBoer: 'We gotta find a way to score a goal'

NEWARK, N.J. -- Devils coach Pete DeBoer had no interest in analyzing Game 3 by the plays that made the difference in the Rangers' 3-0 win Saturday.

After giving Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist full credit for being the difference in the Rangers grabbing a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals, DeBoer was asked if the couple of shifts prior to Dan Girardi's power-play goal 3:19 into the third period hurt the Devils.

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He answered:

"When you lose a game like this, where we out-chance and out-play the other team for long stretches, easy to look at it under a microscope and say, 'Oh, boy, they played two great shifts (to open the third) and that was the difference in the game. We strung together six or seven great shifts. We didn't capitalize on it. That's the story of the game. 

"We had opportunities. If we find a way to score one in the first two periods, it's a different game. We didn't."

DeBoer was later asked if thinks the Devils have to make an adjustment to stop the Rangers defensemen from jumping in and scoring goals. After all, Girardi scored his second of the series and Ryan McDonagh's blast from the left point was tipped in by Chris Kreider less than two minutes later.

"Adjustment?" DeBoer answered rhetorically. "We gave up (22) shots, maybe five scoring chances. Again, the tendency when you lose a game like this is to microscope everything to death. We played a real good hockey game. We lost. We gotta find a way to score a goal."

Finally, DeBoer was asked if the Devils had enough chances for deflection goals, meaning did they send enough bodies to the net to screen Lundqvist and create goals the way they scored them in Game 2.

The answer:

"Forget the tips, we had breakaways and 2-on-1s," DeBoer said. "We've got to score a goal."

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