"Just the same old story—carbon copy—we couldn't put the puck in the net. We fell short again," said center Bob Gould. "You got to give Burke full marks. He played well. But I wouldn't want to say he's the sole reason they won. Schoenfeld's got them playing a very sound system."
So while the Caps were left to wonder what had gone wrong again, the Devils flew off to Boston to play the Bruins in a best-of-seven series for the Wales Conference championship. And Schoenfeld wasn't ordering any wake-up calls for MacLean, or any other Devils.