Say what you want about Blair Betts, but the center is at least honest with his limitations.
I asked Betts, who was partially responsible for New Jersey’s deciding goal by failing to clear the defensive zone with a backhand, how much pressure he put on himself playing alongside Brendan Shanahan on the second line. His answer: plenty
“I definitely feel pressure to get those guys the puck and make plays, which is a little out of my role,” Betts said. “I don’t think I really did that today. I tried but I wasn’t making good plays and I wasn’t giving up the puck in the good areas. So we’ll see what happens.”
Of course, this was especially relevant tonight given the stranglehold the Devils had on the Jaromir Jagr line. It became increasingly apparent that someone else was going to have to score for the Rangers. As you know now, no one did.
“We needed offense from other lines,Ã¢â‚¬? Betts said. “We kept them to one goal but we needed somebody to step up and score a big goal and we just didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t create enough offense and put pucks on the net.Ã¢â‚¬?
A few other quick hits: