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DeBoer on thought of going down 2-0 to Philly: “You’re playing with fire”

Peter DeBoer

New Jersey Devils head coach Peter DeBoer, center, instructs his players during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Newark, N.J., Friday, March 23, 2012. The Maple Leafs won 4-3 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)


Devils coach Peter DeBoer doesn’t want to think about a world where the Devils could wind up down 2-0 in their series with the Flyers after tonight.

DeBoer tells Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice that while he’s proud of his team’s effort in bouncing back against Florida, getting down deep to Philly is a really bad idea.

“You’re playing with fire,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said today. “At the same time, we’ve been a real resilient group all year and we’re going to keep getting off the mat. I think we’ve shown that through the season and through the first round of the playoffs, coming back and winning Games 6 and 7 when you’re in that hole the way we did (against Florida). So, I wouldn’t count us out at any point in the series.”

The Devils can avoid getting down by continuing to put pressure on Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and throwing a lot of rubber at the net. Bryzgalov’s effort in Game 1 was rough but still the Flyers fought back to win the game in overtime thanks to Danny Briere’s heroics.

The Devils should pull out all the stops and growl like bears when cycling around the net. Can’t hurt, right?