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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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Kopitar Finds Some Open Ice

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Gradually, the vise has been squeezed tighter and tighter on this playoff season.

With every game, it seems, there has been less room to move, less time for even the most skilled players to make the head fake or shimmy to throw off a defender. With every game, the play has become more about ricochets and bounces and odd deflections, a style of play that has many in the NHL industry at least somewhat concerned that this is a trend that isn’t good for either the game or the selling of the game.

That seemed to be the case once again in Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup final, a match between the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils deadlocked at 1-1 after 60 minutes of play, a Cup opener with little room to breathe, sent to overtime for the first time in a decade.

No odd-man breaks, no wide open rushes, little flow.

Then, suddenly, daylight.

For a brief, shining moment, there was open space. A yawning opportunity, a veritable hectare of white, unclogged ice.

continued

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Kopitar OT Goal Give Kings A 2-1 Victory

Kind of a ho-hum first game.

Kings had 25 total shots while the Devils managed only 18.

Hopefully we will see more offense or at least offensive challenges on Saturday.

added 11:25pm, Here’s the Kopitar game winner via Jim Hughson of HNIC.

 

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Video- Coach’s Corner On Numerous Topics

Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discuss the toughness of the Kings, Cherry believes they have to hit every chance they get to win the series.

Also discussed was keeping the puck away from Brodeur, the Devils trying to shoot high on Quick, Pete DeBoer and The Memorial Cup.

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Open Post- Game 1 Stanley Cup Final, LA Kings vs. New Jersey Devils

I re-tweeted and interesting stat from Ian Medes earlier this morning which was since the lockout, the home team has won every game 1 of the SCF.

Will that pattern continue?

What I expect to see is the Kings using their size and hitting an New Jersey player whenever possible.  Will it work?  We are about to find out.

The puck drops around 8:15pm ET and can be viewed on NBC, CBC and RDS.

Gord Stellick of Hockey Night in Canada Radio has a look at the two teams below…

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Naming Names

from Ben Shpigel of Slap Shot,

The most common surnames in N.H.L. history are Smith (59), Brown (27) and Wilson (26), according to the Elias Sports Bureau, so it stood to reason that at least one of them would be emblazoned on the back of a player participating in the Stanley Cup Finals. Look no further than Dustin Brown, the Kings’ pugnacious captain.

But when Brown steps onto the Prudential Center ice Wednesday night, he will be outnumbered by three of the less common surnames in the league. The Kings-Devils matchup features a Greene, a Carter and, bizarrely enough, a Bernier on each side.

In fact, defensemen Andy Greene (Devils) and Matt Greene (Kings), 29-year-old natives of Michigan, are the only two Greenes ever to have played in the N.H.L.

continued

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Your Pick For The Stanley Cup Final

Continuing on with the process of picking the winners from each round, we are down to the the ultimate, who wins the Stanley Cup?

Your choices of course are the New Jersey Devils or the Los Angeles Kings.

I am picking the Kings in six games, I think the travel gets to the Devils on their second trip to LA.

So, what about you, who wins and how many games?  Extra credit to you if you pick the Conn Smythe winner.

If you want to see how you did in previous rounds, start here.

note: original post was on 5/28/12 at 11:56am

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Kings In The Spotlight

from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,

At this stage, the inner child comes out in nearly every hockey player and coach.

New Jersey Devils icon Martin Brodeur sounded like an excited teenager, not a seen-it-all 40-year-old goaltender Tuesday at media day for the Stanley Cup Final before their series against the Kings. You might have thought it was his first Final, not his fifth.

Less than an hour later, Kings captain Dustin Brown occupied a spot not far from where Brodeur had been seated. The baby-faced Brown — a father of three sons, no less — reached back into his early childhood when asked whether he had ever envisioned being handed the Stanley Cup by the commissioner.

“Have I thought about that? Yeah, I’ve thought about that since I was 4 years old,” Brown said.

That would have been 1988, so long ago that there was no commissioner of the NHL (Its leader was President John Ziegler Jr.). Also in 1988, the Edmonton Oilers won their fourth Stanley Cup in five years, led by future Kings star Wayne Gretzky.

And so, the boys of winter landed in New Jersey, becoming men of spring. A muggy spring at that.

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Be Prepared

In the next 4-7 games, we should be reading, watching and hearing about these topics.

The Wi-Fi is out in the building.

Adrian Dater will complain about an ex-Avs player, telling us how bad he was in Colorado.

Stan Fischler asking the first question in the post-game press conferences.

Erich Duhatschek having the first complete game story post-game.

Wayne Gretzky interviews.

The refs should let the boys play.

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Did You Know The First Coach Of The LA Kings Is In The Hockey Hall of Fame?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

It didn’t begin or end the way it was supposed to, but most of the time Red Kelly loved being the first coach of the Los Angeles Kings—loved his first coaching job, loved the team, hated the travel, and hated that his wife couldn’t stand living in Los Angeles….

“Yeah, I’m cheering for them,” said Kelly, 84 and in pretty good health “for an old guy.”

“When you’re there at the beginning, you have a feel for it. I’d like them to win. But I think they’re in tough against the (New Jersey) Devils.”

There were still months to go in Kelly’s last NHL season as a player—months before the Maple Leafs would win their final Stanley Cup—when the telephone rang at his home. It was Larry Regan, the general manager of the brand new Kings franchise, on the line.

“How would you like to be the first coach of the Kings?” Regan asked.

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