I’m going to be honest here. I have no idea what New Jersey really did differently last night. But it must have been something. They blew out Anaheim 6-3.
It seems like both teams really wanted the win, so both teams compromised their defenses. Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere gave up a lot of rebounds. And his defensemen seemed to be constantly in the corners instead of in front of him. Maybe they dropped some change there?
The game was bittersweet. Lots of great scoring. Lots of great saves. Lots of great goaltending — more than the score indicates. But it just served to remind us how boring the first four games of the series were, and how boring the playoffs and regular season have been in general. There’s just not enough anger and desperation in the game. And Thursday’s game showed that that’s what hockey runs on.