Originally posted on The Hockey Program  |  Last updated 5/17/12

 

 

This is not the reason why the Rangers lost last night. There is just no way to describe how Marian Gaborik just brain cramped late in the second and early in the third period but he certainly did pay for it as his production has been silent in the first two games. It seemed as if the Devils fourth line was outplaying the Rangers' first line last night. The only thing that saved the Rangers from a worse defeat was two power play goals off fortuitous bounces. That is really good for fantasy pools but not for fans of the team.

The broken door will be talked about until Hell freezes over and the debate on whether it cost New Jersey. That answer is likely and it will be left at that. It was a game full of weird moments but also one that featured incredible saves. The difficulty was coming up with a Fantasy POTN but we think we got one.

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FANTASY POTN:

Martin Brodeur, G, New Jersey Devils

Both goalies got a bit lucky or this game could have been even higher scoring. However, Brodeur made 23 saves in a game where timely saves were key. He made this ridiculously sick save I know. The 40 year old, despite everything was the best player on the ice on a night where there were more balanced and maligned efforts. An extra day of rest should help Brodeur honestly and hopefully he is watchful of the boards. That will have to be monitored but without the red #30, New Jersey does not win last night.

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SCHEDULE TIME:

Thursday, May 17, 2012 TeamsNotes Phoenix at Los Angeles 9:00 PM | Gameday

This is the series for Phoenix. If they do not find a way to win tonight and change the script, then they are just flat out done. Los Angeles has imposed its will in the first two games, with 40+ shots in both games. Its not the amount of hits but the relentless forecheck has been stifling to Phoenix's offense. When the offense has broken out, Jonathan Quick has been solid in net. Jeff Carter did have a hat trick in Game 2 and that Carter-Richards combo will be important going forward as depth scoring is something that cannot hurt. It is now time for the NHL 12 simulation for tonight. So far, we are 2-2 in the Conference Finals.

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NHL 12 Simulation -- Game 3 -- Kings Vs. Coyotes

It comes down to a more critical Game 3 than Phoenix could have imagined at the start of this. Phoenix again has to keep the intensity err start the game with an urgency that was not there at in Game 1 or Game 2 at the beginning. There will be no Martin Hanzal (suspension) and Shane Doan knows he is on notice as well. They may play a bit more tentative which plays into LA's hands even more. Let's see what happens

Kings @ Coyotes Game 2
1st Period
LAK -- Anze Kopitar (14:55, Voynov and Brown)
2nd Period
PHX -- Shane Doan (12:05, Whitney)
LAK -- Dwight King (15:12, Doughty)
3rd Period
LAK -- Dustin Brown (12:33, Kopitar and Williams)

Team Stats:
Shots
LA- 34 PHX- 25
Power Plays
PHX- 0/3, LA- 0/4

Final: Kings 3 Coyotes 1
3 Stars:
1. Dustin Brown 2. Anze Kopitar 3. Jonathan Quick

The game is just hours away and if it approaches anything like the sims, it will be an awfully good one. We literally had the seven sims go in all different directions and there was no real consensus. The final sim literally after the first six were split was this one and its what we ultimately went with. Will there be a few surprises? That is a possibility so thanks again for reading and there will be live tweeting throughout the night....along with IIHF updates.

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