Deb Placey goes over the news and notes from Game 1, as the Devils look to even up the series in Game 2 Saturday.
THAT’S THE POINT
The reason for that was their ability to spend time in the offensive zone, which meant less time for the opposing team’s top forwards to get scoring chances. In essence, their best defense was offense. In Game 1, Tampa’s line of Brayden Point with Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson turned the tables and did that exact thing against Taylor Hall and the Devils. They scored the first two goals with No. 9, Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri on the ice.
Take a look back at all the goals from the Devils' 5-2 Game 1 loss to the Lightning in Tampa.
The coaches will make more adjustments to change the dynamic for Game 2.
Neither team had a power play in the first period and the Devils were down 3-0 before they got a chance with the man advantage. The first PP they had didn’t result in a goal, but it turned the momentum in their favor. Full of confidence, they scored on their next PP to get back in the game.
Travis Zajac scores the 11th playoff goal of his career on the power play in the third period of Game 1.
The common theme in the dressing room post-game was the Devils regretting that it took them a while to get to their game. But once they did, they were fully convinced they can score on the Lightning and be better.
As Zajac told us “we were good, really good, in the second and in the third.”
Travis Zajac gives his take on why the Devils did not play a strong first period and the effort the team showed after being down 3-0.
This is a group of players and coaches that haven’t doubted itself all year. For a mostly young team without much playoff experience, they carried themselves like a group that believes in itself.
LINE THEM UP
Hynes has been consistent with his lineup all year in this regard — he rarely makes changes after a win, but almost always after a loss. He has the ability to do that because of the depth this team has. General manager Ray Shero used a surplus of second-round draft picks to add Maroon and Michael Grabner at the deadline. Even with Marcus Johansson unable to play, they’ve had Drew Stafford, Jesper Bratt and Jimmy Hayes as depth forwards in reserve.
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