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Los Angeles Kings One Win Away From Raising The Stanley Cup

The Kings continue to roll while the Devils appear to have run out of gas.

I wonder if they will allow brooms in the Staples Center on Wednesday night?

One thing for sure, the Stanley Cup will be in the house.

added 11:03pm, Post-game video/audio montage from HNIC can be watched below.

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Video- “The Great One” Drops The Puck For Game 3

Wayne Gretzky receives a great welcome form the LA crowd.

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Open Post- Game 3 Stanley Cup Final, New Jersey vs. Los Angeles Kings

Pretty much a must win game for the Devils, who are down 0-2 in the series.

Sometimes road teams can find a spark which can lead to a victory and the Devils need that tonight.

The Kings will want to continue and improve on their play of the first two games and want to make sure they don’t get caught up in impressing the home crowd by attempting to playing a wide open game.

Simon Gagne is expected to be in the lineup tonight (replacing Brad Richardson) for the Kings, making his first game appearance since December 26, 2011.  He’s been out with a concussion since then.

Puck drops around 8:15pm ET on NBCSN, CBC and RDS.

The Sportsnet Hockey Central guys take a look at game 3 below…

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Sometimes It Takes More Than Skill To Win

from Steve Politi of the Star-Ledger,

The sport, in truth, is probably no more capricious than the others. The best teams in baseball only win 60 percent of their games, remember. One pass that bounces off the hands of a receiver into the waiting arms of a defensive back can turn a heavy favorite in the NFL into a loser, just like that.

If sports weren’t unpredictable, we wouldn’t watch. But at least in the other sports, there’s usually an explanation when it’s all over. Football: We didn’t stop the run. Baseball: We didn’t get those timely hits. Basketball: We couldn’t stop them in transition.

Hockey? It’s hard not to watch the Stanley Cup playoffs sometimes and not think this is the sport decided most on luck, and not skill, on fortunate bounces and bad breaks, not breathtaking plays.

Oh sure, there are moments like the first period in Game 2, when brilliant Kings defenseman Drew Doughty weaves the length of the ice through the Devils as if they were standing still and rifles a shot past Brodeur.

But just as often — or maybe more often? — a weak shot from a defenseman will carom off an unsuspecting player and past a goaltender that couldn’t react fast enough to the change of direction. This is how the Devils scored one of their two goals in this series, when an Anton Volchenkov shot made like a pinball before finding its way past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.


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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.

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