Found June 06, 2012 on Tonight's Healthy Scratches:

.

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 shot by rookie Adam Henrique that skimmed off the near-side post and past Jonathan Quick late in the third period, extended the 2011-12 season by three days with a 3-1 victory. The win forced a fifth game 2,435 miles away on Saturday and reinforced an interesting coincidence in recent years: with Lord Stanley's Cup at stake, the home team may be in trouble.

Since 2008, the home team is now 2-6 when either side is on the verge of clinching the series. Furthermore, the last four Stanley Cup champions have celebrated on the other team's ice.

Tonight, the Kings' attempt to buck that trend went about as well as this attempted hit, a big swing and a miss (h/t to Travis Hughes of SBNation for the .GIF):

.

The only two instances where home ice was defended came in a pair of Game 6 situations. Each time the same team, Pittsburgh in 2009 and Boston in 2011, then went on the road to win Game 7.

Now, of course, if this trend really were something of substance, the Kings would in turn win Saturday's Game 5 and bring the Cup back to Los Angeles. Wait, you mean the same Kings team who is a perfect 8-0 in these playoffs? Yikes.

With three of the four games thus far turning on the slightest of margins, it is a wonder that Mr. Pritchard and the Stanley Cup were in attendance so soon. But if recent history is any indicator, expect to see him shortly after the final horn of Game 5. That is, assuming he gets his Discover card to work in time.

THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES
MY NAME IS MY NAME!

L.A. news anchor flubs Kings goalie's name

It hasn’t been a good week for the local news people. Earlier this week, some poor lady thought game four in the Heat-Celtics series ended in a tie. Another Los Angeles news woman had an issue reporting on the Los Angeles Kings 4-0 win against the New Jersey Devils in game three of the Stanley Cup Finals. A Los Angeles news anchor, let me repeat…a Los Angeles news anchor called...

The championship flurry of the King’s Jonathan Quick.

If you hadn’t heard the NHL’s hottest name before this playoffs, you certainly should be familiar with it by now after the outstanding play of the Los Angeles Kings’ Jonathan Quick, who has all but secured the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in its 45 year history. To read this story and watch analysis and highlight videos, please click the link below.

Back at practice, Kings again have eyes on prize

Jonathan Quick was back in lockdown mode: preparing for Game 5 of the finals as though it were Game 1, and not the Los Angeles Kings' second chance to claim the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history. As he did on media day in advance of the series opener against the New Jersey Devils, the Kings' stellar goalie faced reporters on Friday with a baseball cap yanked...

Quick leads Kings to 3-0 series lead in Cup Finals

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick It looks like the end is nigh for the New Jersey Devils. After suffering a brutal 4-0 loss at L.A. last night they are now down 3-0 in the series. A poor power play combined with the outstanding play of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick doomed the Devils last night. New Jersey was 0-6 on the power play which included a minute long 5-on-3 in the first period...

Quick!  Don’t Miss Him!

There are times I’m tempted to send the extra-large pot of coffee to the east-coast media, usually when they start up on “where did come from?” This usually precedes the team being scheduled in for every east coast swing for the next season, which at least solves the problem for that player. Trouble is—there are always more players out there in Pacific Time land! In...

Power Outage: Devils Power Play Going Cold at Wrong Time

We get it. That Jonathan Quick fellow is rather good at this game. He’s kept the Devils to just two goals in three full contests, and is as big a reason as any the Kings are one game away from hoisting Lord Stanley's Cup. But this New Jersey squad is not one starved for offensive firepower, especially with the man advantage. However, their inability to cash in on the power...

Kings could finally bask in a Stanley Cup moment

A fan outside Staples Center on Monday seemed to capsulize the plight of Kings fans. Above the number on the back of his Kings jersey, instead of his name, were the words love and hate. Kings fans have a moment they can simply love. After 45 years, three owners, two lockouts, one bankruptcy and countless promises, the Kings are poised to deliver. With a victory tonight over the...

Banana Car, Steve Nash Bikini & Jonathan Quick Shuts It Down

Do you see random sh$% while driving to work and think it needs to be seen by the masses? Does the guy who sits next to you at work look like a tool on a daily basis? Does your dog lick his balls in an odd fashion? Is your neighbor working on some sort of outer space vehicle behind his shed? We want your WTF photos. Email us. mail@bustedcoverage.com jQuery(function($){$("a...

SCF Game 5: No Surrender

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...

Another LA media blunder: Jonathan Swift

[youtube]cBdAeFOQzQA[/youtube] Are local media stations in Los Angeles suddenly in on the joke? It seems like after each game the Kings play a different station uses an incorrect logo, team name or butchers a key player's name. The media coverage after LA's big Game 3 victory provided yet another gem as the Fox station in Los Angeles incorrectly called Jonathan Quick by...

Stanley Cup Final Game 4: New Jersey 3, Los Angeles 1

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.

Morning Skate: June 5

The Morning After:Yesterday’s results:Kings 4, Devils 0RLD 3 stars of the night:1. Jonathan Quick, LA (22 saves, shutout)2. Anze Kopitar, LA (1 goal, 1 assist)3. Dustin Brown, LA (1 assist)---Video of the day:*Follow us on Twitter – @RLDhockey

Kings Dominate Devils, Look Poised to Capture First Stanley Cup With 3-0 Series Lead

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings are one win away from putting a Hollywood ending on one of the most spectacular playoff runs in NHL history. Jonathan Quick made 22 saves in his third shutout of the postseason, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams each had a goal and an assist, and the Kings rolled to the brink of the franchise's first title, beating the New Jersey Devils 4-0...
NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.