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Is It Too Early To Plan The Parade In LA?

from Chris Johnston of the CP at the Globe and Mail,

The championship series is shifting across the continent to Staples Center and the Kings have a chance to wrap it up on home ice. The eighth-seeded team in the Western Conference has gone an amazing 14-2 in these playoffs, leaving many of their fans with the feeling that the first championship in franchise history is only days away.

A headline in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times read “Wow and again” while a host on the local KTLA morning news offered a bold prediction: “I think we’re going to have a parade by Friday.” That means she was projecting victories in Monday’s Game 3 and Wednesday’s Game 4 for a four-game sweep.

Of course, the Kings players will do all they can to distance themselves from that kind of talk.

“I think we have to reset, refocus,” defenceman Drew Doughty said after Saturday’s Game 2 victory. “We have to go back to L.A. as if the series is just starting. We have home-ice advantage and have to take the first two at home.”

There’s no denying how commanding their position is. Of the last six Stanley Cup finals that began with the road team winning the opening two games, five ended in sweeps. The other was over in five games.


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This Is Not A Dream

from Bill Plasche of the LA Times,

Two games into this Stanley Cup Final, and the Kings have stolen history, buzz, Devils fire, New Jersey nights, and, finally, the one thing that has even big jaded Los Angeles gasping.

Our breaths. For a second consecutive game, they stole our breaths, at least mine, as I’m sitting here in the bowels of a stunningly silent Prudential Center gulping air while trying to swallow exactly what just happened.

Gasp. The Kings are two games from winning the first Stanley Cup championship in their 44-year history after winning a second consecutive game in overtime.

Gasp. The Kings are on the verge of perhaps changing the face of hockey in Southern California forever after Jeff Carter pulled the same sort of circus act that Anze Kopitar pulled in the opener, beating the indomitable Martin Brodeur at 13:42 of overtime for a 2-1 victory and a two-games-to-none series lead.



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Kings Extend Road Streak, Devils Can’t Beat Quick

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

For the fourth straight series, the Kings have marched into the opposition’s building and flew home with a 2-0 series lead. This time, though, they accomplished the feat against a Devils team that led all other clubs in the playoffs with a 6-2 home record. Sorry, make that 6-4 now with Game 3 set for the Staples Center on Monday.

“Tonight was heavy lifting,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. “You know, it was along the boards. Their defence was coming down. Quite honest, for probably a good part of two periods, they were controlling that part of the boards. Hey, you know what, we’ll have our work cut out going home.”

This is the 12th time a road team has snatched the first two games of the Stanley Cup final. Of the previous 11 series, nine of the teams that won the first two games on the road went on to win the NHL championship.

It will be interesting to see how the Devils respond to this devastating loss. They were much better in Game 2 than the series opener and for long stretches dominated their opponents by hemming the Kings in their own zone.

But Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick was his usual brilliant self. He held his teammates in to get the game into overtime, and then the Kings played much better in the extra period.


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LA Kings Head Home With A 2-0 Lead In The Series

Jeff Carter with the OT goal and now the Devils must make the long trip to LA down 2-0 and be prepared to play their best game on Monday.

Kings meanwhile are traveling home tonight and will looking to make this a very short series.

The Devils seemed to play a little better than game 1 but still come out on the short-end of the stick with a 2-1 loss.

added 11:35pm, Here is the Jeff Carter OT goal…


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Open Post- Game 2, Stanley Cup Final, Los Angeles Kings vs. New Jersey Devils

New Jersey certainly wants to head to Los Angeles with the series tied 1-1 while Los Angeles wants another win, thereby giving them a chance to sweep and win the Cup on home ice.

Both teams can improve on their game 1 performance and for the fans sake, both LA and New Jersey bring their ‘A’ games.

The game is scheduled to start around 8:08pm ET and will be broadcast by NBC, CBC and RDS.

NHL.com provides us with five points heading into game 2, read them below…


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It Appears Gretzky Will Drop The Ceremonial Puck At Game 3

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The Los Angeles Kings will reach back to another era on Monday night to try to give their current team a boost of energy in the form of a shot of 99.

The greatest King of them all, the greatest player of all for that matter, Wayne Gretzky will be at the Staples Center on Monday night for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final and the Free Press has learned he’ll drop the puck in a ceremonial faceoff.

continue for some Devils talk…

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It Appears Darryl Sutter Has A Lucky Shirt

via Jill Painter of Inside the Kings,

Kings coach Darryl Sutter has now worn the same red, checkered shirt on Tuesday for media day, Thursday for practice and Friday for practice. Did he really pack just one shirt. Do you like it? Are you a superstitious sort? Kings won Game 1 so he has to wear it until the Kings lose? Or are you, like me, wondering if he could bring another shirt for a change of scenery already!

Below, you can see the red, checkered shirt as Sutter speaks to the media after practice today.

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Who Made The Better Call?

from Justin Bourne of The Score,

I’m a Canadian guy living in the US, so I’m quite familiar with the work of most national broadcasters. I love Bob Cole and Harry Neal (“Great save by…the goalie!”), and usually I love Jim Hughson. Now that I’m in the US, I get a lot of Doc Emrick, who is a whole bunch of fantastic himself (“Waffleboarded into the corner by Brodeur!”).

When Anze Kopitar scored the OT winner in Game 1 it, Emrick owned the moment. You could see the play unfolding, so the announcers had time to get excited as things developed. It’s not as fun when some surprise garbage goal goes in – this one gave us the rising action and the climax.

Jim Hughson’s call on CBC wasn’t exactly electric though. He sounded like a one of the bias broadcasters that sounds openly disappointed when their team gets scored on.

continued with video comparison…

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Drew Doughty’s Play Has Been Awsome

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Doughty has a surfer boy’s demeanour when things are going well. He is apt to blurt out just about anything, with every third sentence is punctuated by the word “awesome.”

Goaltender Jonathan Quick is awesome. Head coach Darryl Sutter is awesome. The Kings’ new-found notoriety in Los Angeles is totally awesome.

There is a confident swagger about Doughty, but it is not offensive. More than anything else, it’s his youthful exuberance that comes tumbling out. The way Doughty plays, it’s easy to forget he’s just 22 and, according to Sutter, still learning the ropes, and getting better all the time.

To Doughty, he is now playing hockey “the way I used to play, just kind of carefree, having fun out there. Once I started to have fun out there, that’s when I hit my stride. Now, I’m feeling good.”

For their part, the Devils know they have to attack the Kings defence far better than they did in the opener when the best-of-seven series resumes Saturday. According to New Jersey centre Travis Zajac, the Devils had issues because the Kings defencemen collectively stood up so well, and got a lot of back pressure help from their forwards.


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Watching Game 1, SCF

via the Futon Critic,

Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

FOX (6.97 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with the time period premiere of “So You Think You Can Dance” (6.97 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (6.55 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with the debut of “Dogs in the City” (6.66 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) followed by repeats of “Criminal Minds” (5.95 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (7.03 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

Next up was ABC (3.57 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its all-repeat lineup of “The Middle” (5.00 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), “Suburgatory” (3.83 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), “Modern Family” (4.41 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), “Happy Endings” (2.81 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), “Don’t Trust the B——in Apartment 23” (2.73 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and another “Modern Family” (2.64 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.71 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) was out of the hunt with its coverage of the “NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Game 1” (2.71 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

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