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DeBoer Putting Broken Devils Back Together

DeBoer: "We Know What We Need To Fix."
Peter DeBoer (credit: Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

Peter DeBoer (credit: Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

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NEWARK (WFAN) - Peter DeBoer spent Friday’s practice attempting to fix the broken Devils who struggled through the opening two periods in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

After showing spurts of life in the third period and overtime, the Devils made a defensive error that allowed Anze Kopitar to score the Game 1 overtime winner.

DeBoer knows what went wrong and went over the game tape with his players and assistant coaches.

“I think also after looking at the tape, we think we know what he have to fix,” DeBoer said after Friday’s practice.

“We just talked about yesterday.  We went through the tape, the three or four areas we need to fix, let’s get to work.  We worked on some of that during practice.  Guys are excited to play,” he stated.

DeBoer spoke about the importance of gaining back territory in the neutral zone.

“L.A. bottles teams up through the neutral zone.  We’ve got to do more of that.  They stand you up, take away your time and space.  You have to get in behind them.  You have to have good support.  We need more of that,” he explained.

The Devils’ head coach feels his team must turn up the pressure on Kings’ goaltender Jonathan Quick.

“I think we made it too easy on him.  We had some opportunities, but we didn’t do enough to make it tough on him,” DeBoer said.

The Devils must play a better game from start-to-finish if they expect to beat the Kings in Game 2.

Can the Devils get back to their best in Game 2?  Or will the Kings continue their winning ways?  Let us know…