Found June 05, 2012 on
Tonight's Healthy Scratches:
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 play, namely on last night’s 5-on-3 chance, has directly contributed to the 3-0 series hole they find themselves in.
In a hotly contested Game 3 last night, a game one might’ve called a “must-win” for New Jersey, the Kings went on a parade to the penalty box, yielding six power play chances for the Devils. Yes, Jonathan Quick stymied them on each of those six opportunities with some magnificent stops.
It’s fair to question how deep into the Devils snipers’ minds Quick has set up shop. New Jersey is 0-for-12 with the man advantage in this series. Their power play looks as stagnant as the water in Morris County right now.
Ilya Kovalchuk, who was supposed to be the star of this series until Anze Kopitar had other plans, continues to unsuccessfully man the blue line for nearly two minutes. Perhaps getting him in a better position to unleash that deadly wrist shot would be a good idea, Mr. DeBoer?
Who knows, though. Maybe they’d prefer he continues to fire one-timers high and wide, hoping for a quirky bounce off the back glass. Let’s not judge just yet.
Midway through the first period last night, the Kings offered one of these golden opportunities to New Jersey on a silver platter.
This Devils team has broken the age-old mold of “the trap,” or more commonly referred to as “the defensive system that ruined hockey.” Peter DeBoer’s high-pressure forechecking system was a breath of fresh air in the down in the swamps of Jersey, as they overpowered the Panthers, Flyers and Rangers en route to the Stanley Cup Final. He’s done a masterful job of getting his players to buy in to his style in his first year with the team.
Obviously, there’s not much of a precedent for erasing a 3-0 deficit in the Stanley Cup Final, save for the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs. The question now likely becomes how long Kings fans will have to wait to celebrate their first championship.
But if the Devils are
to turn this ship around and give themselves a shot at history, DeBoer needs to make changes on the power play. And pronto. Being faced with beating arguably the best goaltender in the League four times in a row is going to be nearly impossible without taking what the Kings give you. And even now, it’s probably too late.
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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...
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.
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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...
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Alec Martinez scored the opening goal, and Jeff Carter and Justin Williams...
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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.
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While Jonathan Quick stars in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the Los Angeles Kings, Jonathan Bernier cools his heels as his seldom-seen back-up.Once upon a time Bernier was slated to become LA’s goaltender of the future. But Quick had other ideas. When he matured into one of the NHL’s elite netminders this season, Bernier was limited to 16 appearances.Once the postseason ends,...
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.
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.
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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
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...