The New Jersey Devils have their backs against the wall after losing in consecutive overtime games on their home ice to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup finals.
The Devils are in desperate need of a win on Monday night when they travel to Los Angeles for Game 3 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC. You can also watch a live stream online available here.
New Jersey didn't play poorly in the first games of the series, but came out on the losing end of both overtime periods. The fact the Devils didn't get blown out in either game is reassuring to goalie Martin Brodeur, but he understands the need to get a victory in Game 3.
A big win tomorrow would definitely change everything around, Brodeur told the Associated Press on Sunday. I think we're going the right direction. We're playing well. We're not getting outplayed. We're in a position to turn this series around.
It won't be easy, though, especially if Kings goalie Jonathan Quick continues to play at a high level. Quick held the Devils to only one goal in each of the first two games and has stymied New Jersey at every which way. The Devils are hoping that right winger David Clarkson, who had a few opportunities against Quick in the first two games, will be able to come through in the clutch on Monday night.
He's a good goalie. I'm sure guys think the same way when they're coming down to our end, Clarkson told the Newark Star-Ledger about Quick. The first one I let get away from me. I was trying to go high. I knew maybe he was going to go down and I tried to get it up high and missed the net. The second one there was so much excitement when I saw the open net, I don't know if I hit the guy's skate or what happened.
He definitely makes you think, but you can't do that. I think at this time of the season you just have to put it on net. Find areas and get back to what made us successful and got us here today.
The Kings hope to capitalize on what should be a raucous home crowd and continue what has been a destined run through the playoffs. The Kings have lost only two games in the playoffs thus far and haven't even trailed in eight of their last 10 games. They are playing some inspired hockey and will be difficult to beat under any circumstance, even if the Devils have pushed them to the brink in both of the first two games of the series.
I don't think I've ever been on a team like this where everybody is locked in, Kings center Jeff Carter told the Associated Press. Everybody knows what they need to do to go out on the ice and get it done.