NEWARK, N.J. -- Both recent and extended history suggest the Stanley Cup finals are over. This postseason, the Los Angeles Kings have made a habit of losing Game 4, then finishing off their opponent in Game 5. They did that against both the Vancouver Canucks and Phoenix Coyotes.
It's also been since 1942 that an NHL team has come back from a 3-0 series deficit in the Stanley Cup final. That's the only time it happened.
"People always look to what's happened in the past, what's happened in history. That has no impact on our series right now," said New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise. "That's our approach. It doesn't matter. We know the odds and the numbers are stacked against us. It doesn't bother us."
It was a loose Devils dressing room on Friday led by head coach Pete DeBoer, who joked about his intense focus in Game 4 despite the potential distractions behind him in the front row in L.A.
"I thought that question was going [to be] about the lady behind our bench last game," he said to laughs when asked about his team's focus. "I thought we were heading that way. You saw my 100 percent focus on the game. That's discipline, I'll tell you."
And why wouldn't the Devils be loose? We've all awarded the Cup to the Kings, so the pressure is on them to deliver it.
New Jersey still believes it has a chance, and a win on Saturday will strengthen their case considerably. Here are five reasons why it may not be time to count out a historical comeback:
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