New Jersey Devils' captain Zach Parise didn't have a great start to this series, with no goals through three games, and the assembled press let him hear about it. Jersey head coach Peter DeBoer basically thanked the media for doing so after the Devils' Game 5 victory, in which the free agent-to-be got a huge goal to start the scoring in the Devils' 2-1 win.
In response to questions about Parise's performance tonight, DeBoer playfully said after the game that "you guys [in the media] pissed him off, so keep talking."
Maybe if they point out any possible flaws (there were few, if any) he showed during this terrific game to extend the series, he'll go out and win the entire rest of the series by himself.
Parise is emblematic, however, of the Devils response to a 3-0 hole that had a lot of people questioning a lot of players about their subpar performances. New Jersey has kept an even keel, and finally seen the bounces go their way. And Parise's first goal (aside from empty netters) since Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals was clearly a huge boost.