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New Jersey Devils
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LOS ANGELES -- The pass was a little behind Adam Henrique, nothing that a slight kick of the New Jersey Devils rookie forward's skate couldn't fix.
He got the puck to his stick and then put it past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, a third-period tally that put the Devils in front for good in a 3-1 victory in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday. On a team with big-name talent like Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise, it was Henrique --- with game and a mustache that's beyond his 22 years of age that prevented a sweep and forced Game 5 on Saturday.
"You know, everybody wants to be out there in those situations," Henrique said. "You want to be counted on by your teammates, your coaches. It's nice that they have that trust in me to put me out there in those certain times of the game. . . . I'm just a kid playing hockey, having some fun."
Henrique's goal --- which was followed later by an empty-netter by Kovalchuk --- prevented the Devils from getting swept in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history, although it wasn't his first major breakthrough in his first NHL postseason.
He scored two series-clinching overtime goals already this postseason: Game 7 of the first round against the Florida Panthers and in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers. Henrique is the first rookie to net three game-winning goals in one postseason since Colorado Avalanche forwards Chris Drury and Milan Hejduk scored four and three gamers, respectively, in 1999.
"He just thrives in these situations," Devils forward Travis Zajac said. "He's become a game-breaker, even during the regular season. He's really elevated his game this postseason. When we needed a big goal, he was there."
After a lackluster (maybe boring) first two periods when not a whole lot transpired, the Devils further silenced what had been a crowd looking to see the home team clinch its first Stanley Cup as Patrick Elias beat Quick over the blocker 7:56 into the third period to put the Devils up 1-0.
New Jersey's first lead of the series lasted all of one minute.
Momentum shifted seconds after Elias' goal. Devils forward David Clarkson was sent to the box for a very soft boarding call, at least that was the feeling of anybody wearing a Devils uniform.
"It's tough when something gets call like that gets called," Clarkson said.
All of four seconds ticked off the clock before Kings defenseman Drew Doughty blasted a shot from the blue line that beat screened New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur.
"That's a crossroads, that's a turning point," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. "The fact we pushed right back was critical."
A missed defensive assignment by the Kings created to a 2-on-1 break led, coincidently, by Clarkson as Henrique skated up the boards to his left.
"I saw him coming, so I threw it right across the line where I knew the (defense) couldn't catch up in time," Clarkson said. "He made a great play. He kicked it to himself and made an incredible shot. It was a great feeling."
The odds certainly remain in the Kings' favor as only one of 25 teams to fall down 3-0 in the finals has come back to win the Cup. But this was basically the third one-goal game of the series (taking away Wednesday's empty-netter) and the first two games went to OT, so that aspect and Wednesday's win has spawned some confidence in the Devils' locker room.
"How could it not?" Devils forward Dainius Zubrus said. "We were down 3-0 and now we win a game. We feel better about our game. We feel like something went our way, finally."
It was Henrique --- along with a goalie nearly twice his senior in Brodeur --- that kept those slim changes alive.
"There's no quit in the group in here," Henrique said. "We know we can do it. We know we can put four together and come back."
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New Jersey Devils super rookie Adam Henrique has shown the hockey world that he has been blessed with the ability to be a clutch hockey player. The 22-year-old Brantford, Ontario, native has only four National Hockey League playoff goals to his name and his young career. However, two of those tallies have been series winners against the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals. And...
A rookie named Adam Henrique stopped the party when it was about to explode. The guy has been CLUTCH. Series winning goals. Clutch goals. And tonight....threading the needle on Jonathan Quick in the last moments of the game. More later...after press conferences
best quote from Marty Brodeur. "at least we made them get on a plane and go back to NJ. We are going back there...
Having already ended two series for the Devils in these Stanley Cup playoffs, New Jersey's beyond-his-years rookie, Adam Henrique, took to keeping his team's season alive Wednesday night. Henrique did what few have done to Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, beating him with 4:31 remaining in the third period to snap a tie game and lead the Devils to a 3-1 Game 4 victory of the...
Adam Henrique scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:29 to play, Martin Brodeur made 21 saves, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Wednesday night to avoid a sweep in the Stanley Cup finals.
Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk also scored third-period goals for the Eastern Conference champion Devils, who forced the NHL to put the Stanley Cup back in its crate for...
It wasn’t an overtime winner, but it sure felt like it.Adam Henrique’s game-winning goal in the latter stages of Game 4 lifted the Devils to a 3-1 win that saved the team’s season and forced a Game 5 back in Newark on Saturday.The first two periods were a back-and-forth chess match with neither team able to strike first and get on the board. The third period, however, featured...
LOS ANGELES -- Having already ended two series for the Devils in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs, New Jersey's beyond-his-years rookie Adam Henrique took to keeping his team's season alive Wednesday night. Henrique did what few have done to Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, beating him with 4:31 remaining in the third period to snap a 1-1 tie and lead the Devils to a 3...
Going into game 4, the Devils faced a monumental task, or more accurately, a number of tasks. They had to solve Jonathon Quick, find a way to stop the Kings momentum and extend the series to game 5. There was no tomorrow. It was lose or go home. Thankfully Adam Henrique came through in yet another huge moment for the Devils and here we are, preparing for Game 5.
The tasks aren’t...
The New Jersey Devils staved off elimination with a stifling 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. They received goals from Patrik Elias, Adam Henrique, and an empty-netter from Ilya Kovalchuk. Tune in to Game 5 at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, Saturday night at 8pm on NBC.
You have to give the New Jersey Devils all the credit tonight. They could have easily packed it in early but played their best game of the series to win 3-1.
Game 5 is Saturday night at 8:00pm ET and back on NBC in the US.
One more win and we have a series and now the Kings make the long trip back to Jersey with a little doubt in their mind.
Here is the Adam Henrique goal late...
There will be no sweep in the Stanley Cup Finals.
That's because the New Jersey Devils summoned up enough to take down the LA Kings, in Los Angeles, 3-1 late Wednesday night. The 3 goals, were more than the Devils had been able to score the previous 3 games...combined.
Patrick Elias, Adam Henrique and Ilya Kovalchuk all put the biscuit in the basket in the 3rd period and...
With the Kings just one win away from their championship since joining the NHL in 1967, Phil Pritchard, the "Keeper of the Cup," and his best friend, a nearly three-foot tall silver chalice, were in attendance this evening at the STAPLES Center to take in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.
On second thought, perhaps that was the problem.
The Devils, led by a brilliant...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Adam Henrique scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:29 to play, Martin Brodeur made 21 saves, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Wednesday night to avoid a sweep in the Stanley Cup finals.
Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk also scored third-period goals for the Eastern Conference champion Devils, who forced the NHL to put the Stanley Cup back...
The Morning After:Yesterday’s results:Devils 3, Kings 1RLD 3 stars of the night:1. Martin Brodeur, NJ (21 saves)2. Adam Henrique, NJ (1 goal)3. Drew Doughty, LA (1 goal)---Video of the day:*Follow us on Twitter – @RLDhockey