by Patrick Hoffman on 06/05/12 at 09:49 AM ET
When it comes to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, special teams play is always key.
There could be times when a team need a big power play goal to get the lead, tie the game or blow the game wide open. At other times, a team needs to kill a penalty to preserve the lead, preserve a tie and to at least stay in the game.
Last night in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils, the Devils did neither. Ultimately, it cost them the hockey game as they lost by a score of 4-0 and are now just one loss away from being swept and losing out on the Cup.
In last night’s tilt, the Devils’ power play went 0 for 6. They had some good looks on Kings’ netminder Jonathan Quick but either Kings’ defensemen were able to get in the way and block shots or Quick was there to make the save when he needed to.
Not only were the Devils not able to score on the power play, but the team had a 5-on-3 advantage for a minute in the first period and could not put the puck in the net. At this point in the hockey game, the score was still 0-0 and had the Devils been able to execute, it could have ended up being a much different hockey game.
The Devils also struggled on the penalty kill. The Kings cashed in on both of their power play opportunities just two minutes apart when Jeff Carter and Justin Williams scored in the third period to put their team up 4-0 and ultimately, ice the game.
If the Devils want to have any kind of chance to extend this series, their power play needs to be a lot better. Players like Zach Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk, Travis Zajac, Patrik Elias, David Clarkson and Adam Henrique need to start finding the back of the net and make the most of their opportunities.
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