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Marketing The SCF

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

There has been criticism of how the NHL has marketed this Final. (Although how do you pimp a style of play that makes the Siege of Sebastopol look artistic?) As opposed to the star turns in the NBA playoffs now under way, NHL stars are largely coached out of the game in playoffs (with the complicity of the NHL Hockey Operations department). Scoring has been minimal with just 10 goals total.

Not that one affects the other, but the NBA - with many of its top stars and teams still in play - is putting up record ratings for its Round 3. While just three of the top 30 NHL scorers is in the Final, the NBA playoffs are still replete with its top stars from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to Kevin Durant and Tim Duncan. TV likes stars, ergo TV likes what the NBA delivers.

Another nagging point is that the NHL’s marketing machine is still grinding out Bobby Orr nostalgia in the final round to hype the Stanley Cup. Look, Orr’s the best ever, but how about trying to make stars of guys who are playing this year, not last century? Build new stars instead of coasting on the old ones. That’s Don Cherry’s MO.

more media talk regarding the NHL, including US ratings…

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Past History Shows Devils Need A Miracle

from Lynn Zinser of Slap Shot,

Since the Stanley Cup finals went to a best-of-seven format in 1939, 24 teams have won the first three games of the series. Of them, 20 won the series in a sweep. Three teams bounced back in Game 4 to nab one victory and lose the series in five games: the Minnesota North Stars got one off the Islanders in 1981 and Boston salvaged one moment of glory from Montreal in both 1946 and 1957.

Only one team managed to throw real drama into a series after dropping the first three, and that was the same Detroit team that had blown the 3-0 lead in 1942, or largely the same team. In 1945, the Wings fell behind 3-0 and forward Mud Bruneteau reportedly said, “The Leafs can’t be that good; we’ll have to win four straight.” With help from an 18-year-old rookie goalie, Harry Lumley, who shut out the Leafs in two of the games, Detroit almost did just that. The Wings got the series to Game 7 at home, but then became the first team to lose a finals Game 7 at home when Babe Pratt scored the winning goal for Toronto in a 2-1 victory.

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Will Tonight Be It?

‘It’ being the last night of the NHL season, it being the Kings sweep the Devils and the party begins in LA.

What do you think, is the season over tonight?

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Quick Is The Favorite For Conn Smythe Trophy

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The Kings are one win away from a most improbable Stanley Cup victory, in the midst of a 15-2 playoff run, and with a chance to win the Stanley Cup on Wednesday night in the fewest number of games since the Edmonton Oilers went 16-2 with a team of future Hall Of Famers back in 1988.

The Kings have four candidates for the Conn Smythe – Quick, defenceman Drew Doughty, centre Anze Kopitar and captain Dustin Brown. But in the Stanley Cup final, where these things are generally decided, Quick has edged to the front of the line. In the first three games against the New Jersey Devils Quick has stopped 70 of 72 shots. His goals-against average overall is a minuscule 1.32, his save percentage an extraordinary .950. He is outplaying his opposite number, Martin Brodeur, who is considered one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history.

Sometimes, a player facing that sort of heightened pressure and scrutiny can fall flat on his face, but instead, Quick has raised the level of his game. On Tuesday, Quick acknowledged a few jitters before the opening game against the Devils last weekend: “Your mind is racing a little bit, you’re thinking too much. I think that’s natural. After that, though, it’s back to your normal routine, just doing what you can to prepare for a game.”

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Video- The Los Angeles Kings’ Playoff Run

All the video highlights of the 2012 NHL Playoffs.

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With A Kings Victory Tomorrow

from ESPN Stats and Information Group, Elias Sports Bureau,

- FROM ELIAS: The Kings are trying to become the first team since the 1960 Canadiens to sweep a Stanley Cup finals without trailing in any game.

- Would be 1st sweep in Stanley Cup finals since 1998, when the Red Wings defeated the Capitals.

- Would tie the 1988 Oilers (16-2) for the fewest games required to win the Stanley Cup since all four rounds went to a best-of-seven format in 1987.

- Would be 1st time Cup has been won on home ice since 2007 when the Ducks defeated the Senators.

- Stanley Cup would reside in California for the 2nd time in 6 seasons (Anaheim Ducks won in 2007).

- Would become first No. 8 seed to win Stanley Cup since the conference-based playoff format was introduced in 1994.

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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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