When Peter DeBoer had finished tossing verbal bouquets toward his captain, Zach Parise, the New Jersey Devils coach had an odd request for the assembled media at the Prudential Center.
"I think you guys just [ticked] him off," DeBoer said. "Keep doing it."
Parise's tour de force performance in the Devils' 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 Saturday night is among the primary reasons the Eastern Conference champions and Western Conference champions are heading back to Southern California for Monday night's Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.
New Jersey now trails the Kings in the best-of-seven series three games to two -- but the Devils have the momentum after consecutive stay-alive wins.
Saturday, Parise scored a goal, had four shot attempts and blocked a shot in 19:50, spanning 26 shifts. He also was credited with a takeaway.
"We knew he was going to come out with his best game and he did tonight," teammate Travis Zajac said. "He was all over the ice tonight, and obviou...