Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/03/12 at 07:40 AM ET
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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