DeBoer won't play blame game

Devils head coach Peter DeBoer gives instructions during practice in Newark, N.J., May 29, 2012....

Devils head coach Peter DeBoer gives instructions during practice in Newark, N.J., May 29, 2012. (MIKE SEGAR/Reuters)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:20 PM ET

LOS ANGELES - Peter DeBoer is not about to point any fingers for the wonky state of his New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup final.

And he doesn't really want them pointing at him, either.

"You guys want somebody to blame for the situation we're in," the Devils coach said. "It's not like that, you know. We're working hard. We're doing a lot of good things. Hasn't gone our way yet."

And the Devils are running out of time.

Down three games to nothing in the best-of-seven series, the Devils looked all but finished at the end of Monday night's 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Just how DeBoer re-energizes his team or even prepares them to possibly win a game and turn this into something other than a one-sided series is anyone's guess.

"Your desperation level is high. You're in the Stanley Cup final," DeBoer said. "We're down three-nothing. I don't think we feel we deserve to be in the hole we're in. I think we've played better than the situation indicates. But that's hockey."

In truth, DeBoer is being kind. His Devils weren't particularly sharp -- in fact looked a little off -- in Game 1 of the final which they lost in overtime. They did deserve better than defeat in the Game 2 loss in overtime. And for about a period in Game 1, they seemed to be playing the perfect road game. They had quieted the loud Staples Center crowd, were about to go on a 5-on-3 power play for a minute, and seemed on their way to their first lead of the series.

But when they didn't score with the two-man advantage -- didn't even get a shot of consequence to the net -- and then allowed a controversial goal in the second period, they looked completely shot. You can't win in the Stanley Cup final playing partial games -- which is why the Devils have no wins after three games.

It's hard to win also when you've only scored two goals in three games. The lowest-scoring team in a Stanley Cup final was the 1969 expansion St. Louis Blues, who scored three goals in four games against the Montreal Canadiens. If they don't find the net in any meaningful way Wednesday night in Game 4, they will become the first team to be swept in the final since Ron Wilson's Washington Capitals lost in four to Detroit in 1998.

"We're creating as many chances as we did against the Rangers," DeBoer said, although that's hard to believe. "We're not finishing. We have to bear down a little more."

The old philosopher Martin Brodeur looked at the Devils' situation rather cryptically.

"At the end of the day, it's hard to win games when you don't score many goals," said Brodeur, who believes he has given his team a chance to win all three games. "I try to be perfect. But the other guy (Kings goalie Jonathan Quick) is a little more perfect than me right now."


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