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New Jersey Devils
Los Angeles Kings
If you claim to have predicted a Devils-Kings Stanley Cup Finals at the beginning of the season or even the beginning of the playoffs, you're lying.
That's what's great about the NHL playoffs. No one predicted this matchup. For that reason and the fact that these are two very good, deep teams, this will be a great series.
First and foremost, the goaltending storyline is a very good one. Martin Brodeur is a sure-fire Hall-of-Famer and unquestionably one of the best goaltenders of all-time. Jonathan Quick has emerges as one of the best young, up-and-coming netminders in the league.
Does the 40-year-old Brodeur still have what it takes to capture hockey's ultimate prize for the fourth time, or is it time for him to hand the reigns over to the young Vezina finalist in Quick?
This series will also feature two American-born captains who have been great leaders on and off the ice for their teams during this postseason.
Dustin Brown has probably been the Kings...
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Martin Brodeur is back in the Stanley Cup finals at age 40.
After the New Jersey Devils missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 1996, the veteran goalie was under the microscope. But on Friday night, Brodeur made 33 saves to help the Devils defeat the rival New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime in Game 6 to advance to the Stanley Cup finals against the Los Angeles Kings...
Last night, the New Jersey Devils qualified for the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, when they beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime to win the Eastern Conference Finals 4-2. This is the first time in ten years that the Devils have qualified for the Cup Finals, and things have a very similar feel.The Devils will face an opponent from Southern California who will be trying to win their...
The Los Angeles Kings have stunned the hockey world by making a run to the Stanley Cup finals. In the middle of it all is Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. He has stood tall in net and has played above his head this postseason.
Reebok saw enough of Quick to make him the center of a marketing campaign. It might be a ploy to sell more jerseys to women or just more Kings jerseys in general...
Through three rounds of action in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, here are the top contenders for the Conn Smythe Trophy, which is given annually to the NHL’s postseason MVP.1. Jonathan Quick, KingsWhen you look at his peripheral stats – 1.54 goals-against average, .946 save percentage – Quick has been the best goaltender in these playoffs. When you look at his overall play –...
With the thought of the New Jersey Devils hoisting another Stanley Cup looking like a possibility more so than ever s nice advancing to the finals, the future of goaltender Martin Brodeur resurfaces.
The Vancouver Canucks and Roberto Luongo are in communication about what to do next season as far as where he plays. If the cards fall into place, the New Jersey Devils...
Maybe Martin Brodeur's old-age heroics in leading the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals has given Dominik Hasek a new sense of worth. The 47-year-old Czech goaltender isn't quite ready to say goodbye to the game he loves, telling Denik Sport that he is working hard to make a comback to professional hockey. Hasek has been in and out of retirement for the last 13...
Martin Brodeur's Devils outlasted Henrik Lundqvist's Rangers to advance to the Stanley Cup Final. We wanted to know what the caption should be for this photo of the two netminders. Here's a look at Saturday's #NESNCaption Caption Contest. Chris Caulfield: "To be the man you have to beat the Man!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Gail Penny: "Man, you had a bug on...
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Kings turned the clock back to 1993 by punching their ticket back to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in nearly two decades. On Friday, the Devils made sure there were no shades of 1994. That year, the Rangers rallied from a 3-2 series deficit in the Eastern Conference Final against the Devils after Mark Messier guaranteed a New York victory. Messier...
What's to be said of this Los Angeles team that limped into the playoffs, and cruised to the Stanley Cup Finals in 14 games?
What's more impressive: That the Kings have scored goals at will after a season in which they couldn't buy one when they needed it most? Or, that Jonathan Quick has allowed 22 goals in the 14 games he's played?
What could be more remarkable...
I haven’t mentioned the question of playoff MVP since the first round when I picked Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers. He has been out of the playoffs since the end of the second round but I would still argue he is likely the playoff win shares leader among position players. He is starting to be challenged - most clearly by Dustin Brown of Los Angeles. I think the...
And then there were two. With the Devils defeating the Rangers in Game 6 on Friday night, this year's Stanley Cup Final is set, and it should be an entertaining series. Both teams are in the midst of an improbable run, as few anticipated this championship showdown. The Devils entered the playoffs as the Eastern Conference's sixth seed. They flew way under the radar for most...
from Scott Burnside of ESPN, New Jersey Devils head coach Pete DeBoer recalls 1994 as a time when he still had hair.
Martin Brodeur, who played goal in what was one of the most dramatic playoff series of all time 18 years ago, recalls it as a time when no one knew his name or who he was.
New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella initially feigned ignorance at the significance...
Happy Memorial Day Weekend from us at The Program...we will have a special Sunday Night edition of the podcast on yes...Sunday. Remember to thank all our vets...alive and fallen.
Again thanks to all the true heroes that make it possible for all of us to do what we do. Before we head out, its time to unveil the Fantasy POTN from last night. This one is kind...
The comparisons to 1994's Eastern Conference Finals were beginning to wear a little thin heading into Friday's Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals. Yes, the Devils were leading 3-2 in the series with Game 6 at home, exactly 18 years after Mark Messier's "guarantee" that they would win Game 6 and send the series back to the Garden. Yes, Martin Brodeur...
Facing a potentially catastrophic collapse at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, the New Jersey Devils instead turned Game 5 into an inspirational victory and a 3-2 lead in the series. With a victory over the New York Rangers Friday at Prudential Center, the Devils would advance to the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings. "It's a good feeling,"...