by Patrick Hoffman on 06/11/12 at 02:00 PM ET
This is something that many Los Angeles Kings’ and New Jersey Devils’ fans are wondering when it comes to tonight’s Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center.
What these fans, along with those in the hockey media, are wondering is if the Devils can come back from a 3-0 series deficit to tie the series and force a Game 7 at the Prudential Center on Wednesday night. If you are a Kings’ fan, you have to be just a tad bit nervous considering what the situation is now.
In the Kings’ first three games, the team squeaked out the first two with overtime wins and then came through with a convincing 4-0 win in Game 3. After that, however, it has been all about the Devils.
In Game 4, the Devils got clutch goaltending from future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur and a veteran-like game winning goal from rookie Adam Henrique en route to a 3-1 win. At the time, many fans probably thought that this would be the only Devils’ victory of the series considering that heading into Game 5 at the Prudential Center, the Kings were a perfect 10-0 on the road.
That perfect record was snapped last night as the Devils came up big with 2-1 victory to close the series to 3-2. Both goals came off of strange plays as on the first one, Zach Parise cashed in on a rare Jonathan Quick playing the puck mistake while the Devils’ second goal, scored by defenseman Bryce Salvador, went in off of Kings’ defenseman Slava Voynov.
Now, everyone in the hockey world is wondering if the Devils can tie the series, get it to Game 7 and then remarkably win the Stanley Cup. Based on the way the Devils are playing right now, it is certainly not out of the question.
For starters, the Devils’ are getting some timely saves from Brodeur. Brodeur has stopped the shots he is supposed to, has done a great job of playing the puck, and keeps the team in front of him calm and confident.
Secondly, the Devils have been getting the lucky bounces. Saturday night’s game could have easily seen the Kings raising the Stanley Cup if not for Quick’s blunder or the deflection off of Voynov.
Lastly, the Devils know they have life now. The team knows it can win hockey games and stay in games in order to give themselves an opportunity to win.
It should be a great game tonight at the Staples Center and one that will tell us whether or not the Devils have what it takes to extend this series and do the almost impossible in Game 7.
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