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Video- HNIC Opening, Game 5

The Hockeywebcaster captured the Game 5 opening from HNIC.

As always, a great job by the HNIC crew.

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Brodeur Is The Star Of Game 5

Scott Oake, P.J. Stock and Kelly Hrudey of Hockey Night in Canada break-down the Game 5 win by the New Jersey Devils.

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Will The Kings Bounce Back?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Well now, let’s find out a little more about these Los Angeles Kings, eh?

For the first time in these playoffs, the screws have tightened a little on the once seemingly unbeatable Kings.

Oh, my gosh, adversity! A series lasting longer than five games!

Two losses in a series for the first time all spring. A record-breaking road record finally snapped.

From sweep to survival now.

The stakes couldn’t be any higher Monday night at Staples Center, where the Kings need to wrap this up or else face the unenviable task of a seventh game back here in New Jersey, where the pressure will all be on them, with talk of the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs dancing in their heads.

For the first time in the playoffs, the Kings have to deal with a little self-doubt.

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Devils Win, Back To LA For Game 6

The New Jersey Devils defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 tonight to force a Game 6 in LA Monday night.

I believe all the pressure is now on the Kings to win Monday (their game 7) in order to avoid making another cross-country trip and face even more pressure of a real Game 7 on Wednesday.

Watch the game-winning goal from Bryce Salvador midway through the 2nd period.

Below, watch the first New Jersey goal from Zach Parise on a turnover from LA goaltender Jonathan Quick.

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Video- Don Cherry With Praise For Henrique

Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner talks about the first goal New Jersey goal, Ilya Kovalchuk, Adam Henrique and other topics.

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Open Post- Game 5, Stanley Cup Final, Los Angeles Kings vs. New Jersey Devils

If the Los Angeles Kings can continue winning on the road during this post-season (10-0 before tonight’s game), then they will travel back to LA with the Stanley Cup.

If not, then both teams will travel west for game 6 on Monday.

It is as simple as that but the Devils are not going to roll over and make it easy for the Kings.

Let’s hope the ice is nice, the teams play great and the best team wins tonight.

Puck drops just after 8:00pm ET on NBC, CBC and RDS.

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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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