The New Jersey Devils were eliminated in six games by the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Devils fell behind three games to none, but rallied to force a Game 6. They were only the third team in NHL history and the first since 1945 to accomplish this feat.
However Game 6 would be a disaster for New Jersey. Steve Bernier was whistled for a boarding major in the first period moments after a questionable no call against the Kings. The Kings went on to score three times during the power play, finishing the Devils before the first buzzer. To add insult to injury, the Kings scored a fourth goal following a linesman colliding with Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov.
While the entire Devils roster deserves to be commended for making an improbable finals run, their top scorers fell dormant against the Kings. The Devils managed only seven goals against Jonathan Quick in the six game series. The bottom line is that winning will be next to impossible with that type of production.
The Kings, mostly Quick and the defense, deserve much credit for this occurring. However, the Devils top scorers need to be held somewhat accountable for their collective lack of production. One Devils goat is not a top scorer, but he made the dumbest play of the series in game six. I am sure you already know who I am referencing.
Here are the five goats of the series for the New Jersey Devils.