Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/04/12 at 06:33 AM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Ask a player on a team with a power play that is junk how to fix it and it’s like asking for the answer to the riddle of the Sphinx or the recipe for Colonel Sanders’ 11 herbs and spices or how to get the caramel in a Caramilk bar.
There’s a lot of talk of simplicity, harder work, better bounces, being more relaxed and almost every other hockey chestnut you can think of. And in the end, it would be easier for the New Jersey Devils to come up with answers to those universal puzzlers than to explain why their power play is killing their chances of winning a Stanley Cup.
Maybe there will be something in the California Dreamin’ to ignite the Devils’ power play now that the Stanley Cup finals have moved West for Games 3 and 4. Maybe boarding a jet for the first time since April 26 (Game 7 of their first-round series against Florida), the Devils will find some new resolve, some new wrinkle that will allow them to emerge from their man-advantage stupor and get back in a Stanley Cup finals series they now trail 2-0, having dropped twin 2-1 overtime games to the Cup-hungry Los Angeles Kings.
The Devils have gone 0-for-6 on the power play in the finals, including 0-for-4 in Saturday’s Game 2.
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