Going down 3-0 in a playoff game against Martin Brodeur is not a great idea.
Going down 2-0 in a playoff series against Brodeur is even worse.
Over Brodeur's storied time in the New Jersey nets, the Devils are a perfect 10-for-10 when winning the first two games of a postseason series. New Jersey could get there again Sunday night, when the Devils visit the Florida Panthers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round matchup.
New Jersey used a three-goal start to fuel what became a 3-2 victory in Game 1, and the Panthers understand another home loss in Game 2 would mean big trouble.
''We've got to split here,'' Florida defenseman Brian Campbell said. ''That's what we've got to look at right now. We know what we have to do. We know what areas we need to improve on. So we'll look at that. But definitely, we have to grab Game 2.'' Continue - - - -