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No revenge, DeBoer just wants to win Game 7

- April 25th, 2012

NEWARK, N.J. — That he could eliminate from the Stanley Cup playoffs the team that fired him just over a year ago doesn’t necessarily motivate New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer.
DeBoer coached the Florida Panthers for three seasons, his first head coaching job in the NHL, and was dismissed by the Panthers on April 10, 2011 after failing to make the playoffs once.
“I don’t have a lot of thoughts on that,” DeBoer said on Wednesday. “I think when you finish seven or eight points above a team in the standings and have to play Game 7 in their building, that is not always easy to swallow. But that’s how the NHL works that. We don’t have any complaints about it. We’re a good road team and we will be ready.”
The Devils had 102 points in the regular season, eight more than the Panthers. But Florida has home-ice advantage in the first round because it won the Southeast Division. New Jersey won 10 more games than Florida, which boosted its points total to 94 thanks to a league-high 18 losses in overtime or a shootout.
If there is one fairly unique aspect about Game 7 on Thursday night at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., it’s that it will start at 8:30 p.m. for television purposes.
“We could have been on vacation, so we will take 8:30 in Game 7,” Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur said. “I’ve never (started a game) at 8:30 before. It’s a late one.”