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Dustin Brown Not 100%

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

At this stage he undoubtedly is hurt or sore, though no player will admit to the slightest ache until the season ends. And the Devils’ forechecking has, excuse the pun, bedeviled him. “This is the best team that we’ve played,” he said Friday.

True enough. But Brown, who has led the Kings this far by gutsy example, will get a second chance Saturday at the Prudential Center to lead them around the ice with the Cup. For that to happen he must be more of a presence than he was in the first four games.

The Kings missed a chance to win the Cup at home Wednesday, a game they agreed they didn’t deserve to win because the desperate Devils outhustled them and outworked them. Brown doesn’t want to squander another chance to make his mark and skate that happiest of victory laps.

“I think all playoffs we’ve had different players step up at key points. It’s been myself in a few games and I think I’ve been pretty quiet in the Final so far and it’s up to our big players to step up big time,” he said after the team practiced at the AmeriHealth Pavilion at the Prudential Center.

“So it’s an opportunity for guys to have a huge impact on the game. And you see when a guy does have an impact how it can really turn the game around. Again, you prepare to play the game the right way and when an opportunity presents itself you take advantage.”

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Why Not The Devils?

from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,

With Game 5 on tap, they were a team with a win in their pocket believing that anything was possible and the puck was finally starting to roll their way. The Kings might be 10-0 on the road in the post-season, but the Devils are 9-1 in Games 4-7 so far in the playoffs.

It’s gives them reason to believe.

“You know it’s going to happen again,” said DeBoer of a potential comeback from 3-0 for just the second time in 70 years. “So why not us? I think that’s the approach. You’re not going to go 200 years without someone else doing it. So it’s been long enough. It might as well be us.”

It won’t just happen by a twist of fate. No one is that lucky. The Devils goal will be to create some creeping doubt in the minds of the Kings, but the first step is to believe themselves.

They’ve done the hardest part. Their win on Wednesday not only extended their season but lent some credence to the story they’ve been telling themselves all series –that it’s been a battle of two equal teams, except that one has had some puck find the back of the net.


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SCF Ratings Are Down But Positives Remain

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

For one thing, ratings for the playoffs as a whole are up. More than 70 million “unique” viewers tuned in across North America over the first three rounds, an increase over last year, although (John) Collins couldn’t give an exact percentage. Almost twice as many Americans were watching compared to Canadians (the number was 44 million compared to 23 million through two rounds).

Collins said the league is thrilled with the Kings’ popularity in a tough market, the second largest — behind New York — in the United States. The area around the Staples Centre has been packed on game days with party revellers.

“We’ve been able to pick up a big, important media market in every playoffs (the last few years) and light that place up as a hockey market,” said Collins. “I feel like that’s happening in Los Angeles. It’s not just hockey fans who are into the Kings story, it’s the entire market.”

While NBC’s ratings for the Cup final are down compared to last year, the network rules the L.A. market on nights when it shows Kings games. NBC Sports Network — a cable network — was the top-rated network overall in Los Angeles for the 8-11 p.m. time period during Game 4.


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Dealing With Disappointment

from Bill Simmons of Grantland,

After New Jersey scored a stunning go-ahead goal with under five minutes to play, the crowd reacted like Don Draper and the fellas during last weekend’s office surprise on Mad Men. Nobody handled it worse than my daughter. She almost started crying right then. I vainly attempted the whole “There’s still time, you have to think good thoughts” parental routine. The clock kept ticking. The Kings took a dumb penalty. Tears started forming. I talked her off the ledge, rubbed her shoulders, did whatever I could to prevent a meltdown. With 50 seconds remaining, the Kings pulled Quick and almost immediately yielded an empty-netter. Time to get her out of there. Fast. We zoomed up the aisle as she buried her face in one of those annoying white towels that everyone waves now. She kept it together until we reached our car. And then, waterworks.

Remember that scene when Forrest Gump finds out about his son, digests the news, then worries that the boy is just as stupid as he is? For two terrible seconds, he’s thinking to himself, Oh, no, I hope I didn’t ruin this kid. That’s how I felt when I watched my daughter sobbing. Why did I do this to her? Why would I pull her into this fan vortex where you’re probably going to end up unhappy more than happy?

Then I remembered something. Sports is a metaphor for life. Everything is black and white on the surface. You win, you lose, you laugh, you cry, you cheer, you boo, and most of all, you care.


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Are The Two Teams ‘Beat’?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The Stanley Cup could have been won Wednesday night or it could be presented Saturday at the Prudential Center, but another final might pass without anything to remember but the clinical efficiency and rare location of the new champion.

Somehow it all seems backward if you look back to early April with playoff series that took your breath away and kept you on the edge of your seat: The best are now playing the least interesting hockey, survival hockey.

Maybe that’s all the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils have left to offer.

Or, as a former Cup winner and executive told me after Game 4 at the Staples Center, both teams look exhausted, both teams have lost their speed and their edge, mentally and physically. Rather than play to win, both teams have been playing not to lose. They can’t match the speed or intensity of Round 1 or Round 2 because their bodies, frankly, can’t handle this night after night.


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A Veteran And A Youngster Lead The Devils To Victory

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The Old Man and The Kid are connected by time, jersey colour and once again by circumstance.

The Kid was born in the same year The Old Man was drafted. The Kid who scores goals, mostly important ones, was all of four months old when the New Jersey Devils traded up to select Martin Brodeur in 1990.

The Old Man, Brodeur, defied age and credulity Wednesday night at the Staples Center, putting on a clinic of inspired and occasionally spectacular play in goal. The Kid, the rookie, Adam Henrique, made a skill play in a tense third period to score the winning goal, keeping the Stanley Cup final very much alive.

For Brodeur, these moments have been happening his entire hockey life, just not as often in recent years. But in this up-and-down Stanley Cup run by the Devils, they’re happening more and more.


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Devils Still Breathing

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Put the coronation on hold - for three nights anyway. One win away from their first Stanley Cup championship in 45 years, the Los Angeles Kings couldn’t close the deal Wednesday night, falling 3-1 to a New Jersey Devils team that had nothing to lose and were finally rewarded for some hard luck and bad bounces endured earlier in the series.

The Stanley Cup was in the house, with curator Phil Pritchard pushing it into the Staples Centre, with the game still scoreless in the third period. The players’ families were marshaling in the city, visiting from all across North America. The champagne was on ice, the commemorative T-shirts and hats, manufactured and ready for distribution. On the morning of the game, the players talked about how difficult it was to maintain the necessary focus, and it certainly showed for a while. It was a listless start for both teams, jangly nerves and jitters not previously associated with the Kings in these playoffs on display early.

Considering all that - and the fact that in the midst of a near perfect post-season the Kings had twice previously stumbled in Game 4, after getting an opponent on the ropes - it probably wasn’t all that surprising that they had a big fat slip on the banana peel.


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Video- Darryl Sutter’s Post-Game Q & A Seemed A Little Akward

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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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