The Devils wore wide smiles and laughed easily.
They had a collective swagger and espoused their belief in themselves.
If you didn't know better, you'd swear it was the Devils who have a three games to one lead in the Stanley Cup Final. Instead, they enter Saturday night's Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at the Prudential Center trailing the Los Angeles Kings three games to one.
"Someone said the '42 Leafs," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said when asked about the possibility of coming back and winning the Cup after falling behind 0-3 in the Cup Final. The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team to do have done that, beating the Detroit Red Wings in seven games to win the Cup. The 1942 Leafs, the 1975 New York Islanders and the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers are the only teams in NHL history to win any playoff series in which they trailed 0-3.
"You know it's going to happen again," DeBoer added. "So why not us? I think that's the approach...