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New Jersey Devils Win Game 4, Live To Play Another Game

You have to give the New Jersey Devils all the credit tonight.  They could have easily packed it in early but played their best game of the series to win 3-1.

Game 5 is Saturday night at 8:00pm ET and back on NBC in the US.

One more win and we have a series and now the Kings make the long trip back to Jersey with a little doubt in their mind.

Here is the Adam Henrique goal late in the 3rd that broke the 1-1 tie.

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Video- Don Cherry Told Us

Before the SCF started, Cherry picked the Kings and tells us that again tonight along with other topics…

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Evening Line

...fans around town have been finding reasons to wear heretofore unseen garments. In the past, you’d have a tough time convincing a large swath of the City of Angels’ populace that Vachon was one of the great goalies in Kings’ lore and not the name of some brand of rejuvenating eye cream. I still have yet to see many Marcel Dionne shirts; though, the team’s fans are ostensibly not self-effacing enough to sport an article of clothing worn by a guy nicknamed “Little Beaver,” no matter how much of a Hall of Famer he is. Kids on the street are even getting the proper phonemes right to make Slava Voynov and Anze Kopitar’s names sound mellifluent.

The Kings are only an L.A. rush-hour-traffic sojourn away from hoisting the Stanley Cup. Millions of Los Angelenos will rejoice at the first ever NHL championship won by the team. A vast majority of the rest will be too distracted to realize that the crease, butt-ending, and faceoff are not necessarily concepts only a doctor wielding a scalpel would know.

-Danny Lee of Larry Brown Sports where you can read more on the Kings.

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Open Post- Game 4, Stanley Cup Final, Devils vs. Kings

Not much to write about, we all know what is at stake.

Enjoy the game which starts just after 8:00pm ET on NBCSN, CBC and RDS.

Oh yes, if the Kings win…

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NBCSN Not Yet Known For Live Sports

via Cork Gaines of Business Insider,

The NHL as well as NBC knew the ratings would be bad. But it has nothing to do with people not being able to find the game. Anybody that is looking for the Stanley Cup Finals is not going to give up just because they don’t know where NBCSN is on their TV guide.

The problem is that the NBCSN is not yet part of the surfing rotation for the casual sports fan just looking for live sports to watch. And this is what NBC and the NHL are trying to change.

Both the NHL and NBC need the NBCSN to succeed. And that will only happen by pushing premier live sporting events to the young network. And as long as NBC keeps pushing premier events to the NBCSN, eventually casual fans will start migrating that way and ratings will rise.

On another note, my 86 year-old uncle missed game 1 of the SCF, he didn’t realize it was NBC instead of NBCSN.

 

 

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The Other Sutter Brothers Are Watching

from Tal Pinchevsky of NHL.com,

Monday night, after picking up his son Lukas from the NHL Scouting Combine, Rich Sutter brought his family over to the Southern Alberta home of his twin brother Ron. That night, the twins who played a combined 32 NHL seasons watched their older brother Darryl Sutter and his Los Angeles Kings take a commanding 3-0 series lead in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final.

It’s the latest chapter for one of hockey’s most famous families, one that has seen six brothers combine to play over 5,000 NHL games and four of them serve as NHL coaches.

“Darryl and I are pretty close. We’ve gone through a lot together,” said Brian, the eldest of the six Sutters who played in the NHL. “[We] played against each other for years, were captains of our teams, and coached against each other for years. It’s exciting for him. Darryl has pushed the right buttons to get them to do the job.”

Among the brothers, there’s a special regard held for Darryl, who began the season out of hockey before becoming the Kings’ head coach in December.

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Time Moves Slowly

LA Kings fans, how is your day going?  Time moving oh so slowly, sweaty palms, can’t eat, trying not to think about what can happen tonight?

Devils fans, same with you, but deep in your thought process you know this could be the end of the playoff run for your team.

Over the past 17 years, I have been in the same position of both fan bases.  The mighty Detroit Red Wings were heavily favored to beat the Devils in 1995 but after four games, just four games, the Wings were golfing and wondering what just happened. The Detroit fans were just stunned and as hard as we tried to forget what just happened, we could not.  But that series made us understand it just wasn’t our time.

In 1997, I was in the ‘Joe’ when the Wings defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in four games and the excitement in the rink that night was one I have yet to experience again.

I was lucky enough to experience the same feeling the following year, but this time in Washington when the Wings once again won the series 4-0.

I remember running into Mike Ilitch in the elevator pre-game and he was so nervous he could barely talk.  His focus was only on what lied ahead so I left the man alone.

Tonight could be a night of great joy but also filled with a bitter sour feeling too.

Whatever happens I just hope the better team wins tonight and remember to take it all in, you won’t forget it.

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Kings One Win Away From Their First Cup

from Stu Hackel of the Red Light,

This, finally, could be the night that fast-talking Jack Kent Cooke envisioned in 1966 when he plunked down $2 million for an NHL expansion franchise. He called his new team the Kings, dressed them in gold and purple (which he’d later call “Forum Blue”), have them briefly play home games at the Long Beach Arena in 1967 before moving them to his new “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, and — as Sports Illustrated’s Pete Axthelm reported in a cover story near the end of their first season — and believed they could win the Stanley Cup that spring.

Now, a mere 45 years later, it is possible. More than possible, it is very likely. Whether it happens tonight or Saturday night or some time next week, chances are that the Sun Belt’s first hockey team will be hoisting the Cup for the first time. The Kings’ dominance, on full display in their 4-0 shutout of the Devils in Game 3, has turned a dramatic playoff year anticlimactic. All that’s left is the coronation.

Before that, however, the Kings must get their fourth victory. Three times this postseason, they have had a chance to wrap up a series with a win on home ice. They’ve only managed to do it once. You know what they say in the playoffs: That fourth game really is the hardest to win.

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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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