NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — On the surface, it would appear the New Jersey Devils notched a split of their two playoff games with the Florida Panthers by playing two periods.
A three-goal first period carried New Jersey to a 3-2 win in the opener on Friday, and a two-goal third period Sunday made Game 2 close in a 4-2 loss in this first-round series.
Sounds simple. The only problem is the Devils don’t agree with the assessment.
Heading into Game 3 on Tuesday at the Prudential Center, the Devils like the way they are playing. They believe the only thing that separated them from a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series was they took a few too many penalties.