It was the lamentation of a man who was forced to admit a hard truth to himself.
"It would have been nice to get a bounce but I don't believe we deserved to win tonight," coach Pete DeBoer said a few minutes after his New Jersey Devils dropped Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final to the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1, in overtime at The Prudential Center.
Anze Kopitar's seventh goal of the playoffs was the game-winner 8:13 into the overtime session. The Kings lead the best-of-seven series one game to none. Game 2 is Saturday night at the Prudential Center.
What will linger with the Devils until Saturday night is that they could have won the Stanley Cup Final opener. Even though the Kings finished with more shots on goal (25-18) and took more total shots (54-35), it was the Devils who were the stronger team in the third period and overtime.
But despite progressively growing stronger as the game evolved, they were simply unable to pierce Jonathan Quick (17 saves) other than Anton Volchenkov's ...