“That’s our goal,” right wing Ilya Kovalchuk said today. “You want to protect our home ice like we did against Philly. So, I think those two games will be crucial. I think the Rangers play a little different on the road too than they do at home, so we’ve go to take advantage of that. Every team, they’re a little bigger, a little stronger at home. Your fans, they obviously give you that extra jump so we want to use that as an advantage tomorrow.”
“We know the Rangers are going to push,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. “We know they’re going to come out and play a great hockey game tomorrow. It’s on us to do the same thing. So I expect it to be the best game of the series tomorrow from both ends. I think both teams are going to take their game to another level.
“In a game or in a series, it’s important to get the lead,” Devils captain Zach Parise said. “Maybe it would be just a little unfamiliar territory for them that they haven’t been down 2-1 in a series, but I don’t know if that would make much of a difference. They play tight hockey all the way through, but from our standpoint we’d love to get the 2-1 lead.”
Regardless of the number of Rangers’ fans in the house, Devils right wing Dainius Zubrus said, “I’m sure there’s going to be more of our fans than theirs and they’ll be all charged up.”
One shift at a time, one period at a time, one game at a time, GET IT DONE!