Posted May 31, 2012 on AP on Fox
From Vancouver to St. Louis, on to Phoenix and now New Jersey, the Los Angeles Kings have been able to jump on their opponents and take away any advantage the fired-up arenas would be expected to give the home team. The excitement builds outside and inside the raucous buildings, and what should be a pure rush of adrenaline, can sometimes turn into a wave of nerves that can rattle even the best of players. Whatever the cause, the Kings - the No. 8 seed out of the West - have capitalized on every possible thing they can while playing away from home. They are a record 9-0 on the road in these playoffs, and are lengthening another record with 11 straight wins in enemy arenas, dating to last season. The Kings took a 1-0 lead over the Devils in the Stanley Cup finals with a 2-1 overtime win on Wednesday night, spoiling New Jersey's first chance in these playoffs to open a series at home. ''You've just got to come ready to play.'' Los Angeles defenseman Matt Gre...

Anze Kopitar scores pretty goal in OT

Kings' depth sets tone in physical Game 1

Even though they may not have been on the ice for Anze Kopitar's franchise-reel breakaway game-winner in overtime, credit an assist to the line of Brad Richardson, Colin Fraser and Jordan Nolan. In a Stanley Cup Final competed between two teams oozing with depth contributions, it was the Los Angeles Kings' energy line that provided the bigger boost in their 2-1 thriller...

Dustin Brown Rips Prudential Center Ice, Says 'It Was Like Playing With a Tennis Ball'

Dustin Brown is happy with the outcome of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Not so much about the Prudential Center ice conditions. "It was like playing with a tennis ball, quite honestly," the Kings captain said of the poor ice conditions during Wednesday's Cup showdown in New Jersey. But Brown wasn't the only one unimpressed by the ice conditions, which seemed...

The Kings Have Found The Formula For Road Success

In the NHL, winning games on the road is a hard thing to do, and winning games on the road in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is an even harder feat. With a 9-0 record on the road this postseason, the Los Angeles Kings seem to have gotten winning on the road down to a science.When the Kings are on the road, they do the most important thing successfully, they take the home crowd out of...

Anze Kopitar Is Circus Ugly Huh?

I was watching the highlights of the Stanley Cup Finals Game 1 last night, and I saw Anze Kopitar’s nasty breakaway goal in overtime to win the game. I was impressed, until I saw the interview with Kopitar. Can someone, uh, look at this guy and tell me I’m not the crazy one? I mean, what in God’s name has he been abusing? Is he injecting himself with Krokodil or something...

In Case You Missed It: Kings crown NJ take 1-0 Cup Lead

Game 1 went to overtime and the game winner was scored by a  center just trying to keep his team in the game. Anze Kopitar found himself with the puck after a pass from Justin Williams and nothing but clear ice and New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur. Kopitar deked Broudeur and put the biscuit in the basket giving his L.A Kings a 2-1 overtime win and a 1-0 lead in the best-of...

Anze Kopitar scores nifty overtime goal to give Kings 1-0 series lead

Game one in the books - Kings up 1-0

Game one of the Stanley Cup Final between the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils is in the book, the Kings won game one by a score of 2-1 on an overtime goal from forward Anze Kopitar at the 08:13 mark of overtime.Game two is on Saturday June 5th at 07:00 PM on NBC.

The Sport Sofa Stanley Cup Preview

                Just as everyone predicted in the off-season, the New Jersey Devils and the Los Angeles Kings faceoff tonight in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Sport Sofa takes a quick glance at both teams key areas. Offence Both these teams were plagued with scoring issues through the course of the regular season. Of course, we know, that means nothing now. Two dynamic...

Fantasy Hockey Playoff ONE: Kings-Devils Game 2!

    Now here we are........please note there will be no Saturday posts but a Sunday one to The Hockey Writers as the "Battle For The Cup" continues. It is Saturday already and time for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils. When you have an eight seed up against a six seed, one has to say that this is...

Captains America: Brown and Parise in Spotlight for U.S. Hockey

  NEWARK -- Hockey has been considered Canada’s game, but U.S. hockey has slowly been making inroads. When the puck drops tonight in Newark two American born captains will be on the ice for each squad, a rarity in the Stanley Cup Finals. Zach Parise, the captain of the Devils, may be best known by the casual fan for his game tying shot in the gold medal game against Canada in...

Morning Skate: May 30

Los Angeles Kings @ New Jersey DevilsStanley Cup Final, Game 18:00 ET… TV: NBC, CBCPlayers to watch:LA-      Jeff CarterCarter is coming off a series vs. Phoenix in which he picked up five points in five games, including a hat trick.  He’s one player that could really make a difference in this series if he comes alive.  Not to mention, he’s familiar with the Devils.NJ...
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