OK. Here’s my question. How can the Devils play so well at home and so poorly on the road? Or to be more precise, so poorly in Anaheim.
The Devils beat the Ducks, playing like a team possessed. During Anaheim’s only powerplay you would have though it was New Jersey’s. The Devils were just oppressive. No offense. No deking. Just checking and throwing pucks up at the net. Anaheim had very few chances to get anything going. And Devils goalie Martin Brodeur only got sharper as the game went on.
And still the game was dull. Once the Devils scored twice in the second, you sort of knew it was all over. The Devils are built (and were built) to sit on leads.
It wasn’t the best Stanley Cup final, but it was still a Stanley Cup final. Even a bad game is a good game.