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Scott Stevens speaks to an upset David Clarkson

When you’re a bit discouraged and upset after taking a number of penalties in game 3 against the Flyers, including the one that led to the game-winning goal by Dan Carcillo, it helps to have perhaps one of the greatest on-ice leaders in the history of the NHL as your assistant coach.

Scott Stevens, former Devils captain and current assistant coach, took Clarkson aside and spoke to him about (supposedly) keeping his head up and keeping that competitive fire going after a downer of a game. Of course, we’ll never know exactly what he said.

From Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger:

“I was upset. You’re down,” Clarkson said this morning. “As a competitor you want to come back the next game and be the difference.

“It was Scotty who spoke to me. I admire him. He pulled me aside and spoke to me. I appreciate what he said.”

You can certainly understand why Clarkson would be upset, but it’s tough to fault him for what was certainly a very, very borderline call in overtime. I’d be more upset with the lack of defensive coverage in front of the net that allowed Carcillo to get to the rebound all alone.