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A Future Dynasty In LA?

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Is it too early to start tossing around the ‘D’ word?

You know, dynasty?

Given the fact the Los Angeles Kings haven’t won anything yet, many would suggest yes, it is way too early.

But when you consider they are 15-2 in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs and hold a commanding 3-0 lead over the New Jersey Devils in the final—not to mention they have held the Devils to just two goals in three games—it appears imminent the Kings will win the Cup. Suggesting such is hardly going out on a limb.

Winning the Cup is not always the first step in a series of championships. On the contrary, we haven’t seen a back-to-back winner since the Detroit Red Wings did it in 1996-97 and 1997-98. Previously it was the Pittsburgh Penguins pulling it off in 1990-91 and 1991-92.

It has been suggested the introduction of the salary cap, which has led to parity in the NHL, was the beginning of the end of dynasties. A team wins a championship and that drives up the salary demands of its players so the roster cannot be kept intact. Look no further than the Chicago Blackhawks championship team from 2009-10 for evidence of that.

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Video- Hockey Night In Canada Opening For Game 3 SCF

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Video- Devils In A Big Hole

via the Star-Ledger...

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Jonathan Quick’s Numbers Are Off The Charts

from Kevin Allen of USA Today,

Quick had a 22-save shutout in Monday’s 4-0 victory to lower his goals-against average to 1.36 and improve his save percentage to .950.

Quick’s postseason goals-against average is the best recorded by a Stanley Cup Final goalie, with a minimum of 10 games played, since Frank Brimsek’s 1.25 in 12 games for the Boston Bruins in 1939.

“He’s a little different than any other goalie we’ve faced so far,” Zajac said. “He plays low.”

The NHL didn’t start recording save percentages until 1968, and Quick has the best mark for that. Jacques Plante posted a .949 save percentage over 10 games for the St. Louis Blues in 1969. Plante and Brimsek are Hall of Famers.

With Quick’s play this season, the Milford, Conn., native undoubtedly has made himself a more attractive candidate for the USA’s No. 1 goalie job if NHL players go to the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

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Can’t Stop These Kings

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Every move that coach Darryl Sutter makes turns out to be the right one, it seems. For Monday’s game, he inserted Simon Gagne into the line-up for the first time since Dec. 26, replacing Brad Richardson on the fourth line. Traditionally, teams do not tamper with winning formulas under any circumstances, but Sutter was willing to put superstitions aside because he wanted more size on his fourth line. The move will make the popular 32-year-old Gagne eligible to get his name on the Stanley Cup if L.A. can finish the job.

Devils captain Zach Parise, who was one step behind on the back check on Kopitar’s goal, said frustration didn’t set it for his team until it was over.

“Even when we had our good opportunities I don’t think we were getting frustrated throughout the game,” said Parise. “I mean, it’s frustrating now when we come in here and we got shut out, but during the game we weren’t frustrated. We liked the way we were playing and we felt like we were going to get one, but it just didn’t happen.

“It’s frustrating when everyone’s been playing well and we find ourselves down three-nothing.”

That echoed comments made by Shane Doan (Phoenix); David Backes (St. Louis) and Henrik Sedin (Vancouver), who were also on the receiving end of the Kings’ bum rush.

For reasons that even they are having a hard time explaining, Los Angeles just looks unstoppable.

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Wayne Gretzky On Hockey Night In Canada

Ron MacLean interviewed Wayne Gretzky after the 2nd period tonight and the topic was mostly the LA Kings.

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Los Angeles Kings One Win Away From Raising The Stanley Cup

The Kings continue to roll while the Devils appear to have run out of gas.

I wonder if they will allow brooms in the Staples Center on Wednesday night?

One thing for sure, the Stanley Cup will be in the house.

added 11:03pm, Post-game video/audio montage from HNIC can be watched below.

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Video- “The Great One” Drops The Puck For Game 3

Wayne Gretzky receives a great welcome form the LA crowd.

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Open Post- Game 3 Stanley Cup Final, New Jersey vs. Los Angeles Kings

Pretty much a must win game for the Devils, who are down 0-2 in the series.

Sometimes road teams can find a spark which can lead to a victory and the Devils need that tonight.

The Kings will want to continue and improve on their play of the first two games and want to make sure they don’t get caught up in impressing the home crowd by attempting to playing a wide open game.

Simon Gagne is expected to be in the lineup tonight (replacing Brad Richardson) for the Kings, making his first game appearance since December 26, 2011.  He’s been out with a concussion since then.

Puck drops around 8:15pm ET on NBCSN, CBC and RDS.

The Sportsnet Hockey Central guys take a look at game 3 below…

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Sometimes It Takes More Than Skill To Win

from Steve Politi of the Star-Ledger,

The sport, in truth, is probably no more capricious than the others. The best teams in baseball only win 60 percent of their games, remember. One pass that bounces off the hands of a receiver into the waiting arms of a defensive back can turn a heavy favorite in the NFL into a loser, just like that.

If sports weren’t unpredictable, we wouldn’t watch. But at least in the other sports, there’s usually an explanation when it’s all over. Football: We didn’t stop the run. Baseball: We didn’t get those timely hits. Basketball: We couldn’t stop them in transition.

Hockey? It’s hard not to watch the Stanley Cup playoffs sometimes and not think this is the sport decided most on luck, and not skill, on fortunate bounces and bad breaks, not breathtaking plays.

Oh sure, there are moments like the first period in Game 2, when brilliant Kings defenseman Drew Doughty weaves the length of the ice through the Devils as if they were standing still and rifles a shot past Brodeur.

But just as often — or maybe more often? — a weak shot from a defenseman will carom off an unsuspecting player and past a goaltender that couldn’t react fast enough to the change of direction. This is how the Devils scored one of their two goals in this series, when an Anton Volchenkov shot made like a pinball before finding its way past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.

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