NEWARK, N.J. The Los Angeles Kings last trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 1993 is more remembered for Marty McSorleys illegal stick, the one Montreal coach Jacques Demers called for a stick measurement on in Game 2 of that series. After an official ruling against the Kings, a Canadiens power-play goal and a momentum swing later, Montreal won the Cup in five games.
But the Kings, who are looking to erase that moment in this Final, can breathe easy: New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer wont be pulling a Demers on them.
DeBoer was asked Friday if hed ever asked for a stick measure. DeBoer had, as Kitchener Rangers (OHL) coach in the 2005 postseason. And based on how that turned out, he wont do it again.
Mike Richards would remember it; he was my captain in Kitchener, DeBoer said. We (and now Anaheim Ducks forward) Corey Perry had all been together with the World Junior team. I found out, probably unethically, that (Perrys) stick was illegal at Christmas. So when we played London in playoffs, I had (Richards) call Corey for an illegal stick. We got the call. But we didnt score on the 5 on 3, they scored shorthanded and we lost the series. It backfired. Didnt work.
DeBoer can laugh about it now. He can also assure everyone he wont think about doing that again.
They changed the rule to make the bigger curves more legal since then, he said. You have to have a boomerang, basically, to be called for that now. Its not even an option.