Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Anatomy of a defeat, in their own words

by Bob Herpen
Phanatic Hockey Editor

"I'm not a coach to analyze the effort of the team. It's only two ways. New Jersey Devils played outstanding and we didn't play our game." - Ilya Bryzgalov

"We got the puck in the corner on a soft chip and it seemed like they had four guys on you in the corner. It is probably one of the biggest reasons why we couldn't beat the Rangers this year. They just smothered you, three or four guys on you in the zone. It was tough to make plays when your back is against the wall or out in the ice." - Scott Hartnell

"Everything happened kind of fast. It's obviously frustrating. We know we could have done a lot more damage than that. And you saw guys tonight pay desperate hockey. They played with heart and that's how we should have played the whole series." - Claude Giroux

"Well, they played their system to the maximum I think. There really weren’t any breakdowns, you know. There weren’t any easy goals going in. We had to work on every puck and every battle. They really did a great job." - Kimmo Timonen

“Well they really play solid defensively.  That’s one thing they do really well.  They go and play a little bit like the Rangers, they put four guys in the corner.  There’s not a lot of space out there.  We’re a team that likes to play with the puck and make some plays so it’s frustrating a little bit." - Max Talbot

"We just weren't able to get on track with what we wanted to do." - Peter Laviolette.

"Proud of how we stuck to the game plan. Proud of how we turned the other cheek. Proud of how hard we competed against a very hardworking and competitive team." - Devils head coach Peter DeBoer

"If you want me to be honest, I would say they were very strong. They were very strong on the boards, I don't think they lost any battles on the boards. That was the biggest difference. I hate to say it, I hate that feeling, but they were. It surprised me how close together they played. If somebody made a mistake, there was always a second guy (around)." - Jaromir Jagr

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