NEWARK, N.J. -- It isn't so much the failure to kill penalties as it is taking those unnecessary minors at critical stages of the game that has suddenly been problematic for the New Jersey Devils during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
It's something that has to change if the club has any visions of advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Devils only allowed one power-play goal against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of their conference semifinal round game on Sunday, but were also forced to kill off five other penalties.
"We'll kill some penalties, but it's tough because it breaks the momentum of games sometimes," goalie Martin Brodeur told the media prior to boarding a bus to travel back to Philadelphia on Monday afternoon. The Devils will play the Flyers in Game 2 on Tuesday.
"We talked about it, and we know they are hot on the power play," Brodeur said. "And we gave them six opportunities … that's a little too much."
The Devils are seventh among the eight remaining teams in the postseason with 39 minor penalties -- only the Flyers have more (42).
"The penalties have been an ongoing issue the entire playoffs," Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. "There is a heightened awareness on some of the calls that guys aren't used to, and we're still managing finding that line. But we have to stay out of the box.