09 June 2012
History wont be made, it's BEING made! A perfect 10-0 road record for the Kings, SNAPPED! Another opportunity to hoist Lord Stanley's Cup, put on hold; why? The Devils live to see another day solely on their resilliency to not give up, to play disciplined, to play a full 60 minutes, to get men in front of the net and take shots, basically, in a nut shell, the Devils are playing the better hockey, and have been the majority of the series (exclude G3). After dropping Game's 1 & 2 at home only to fall in a 3-0 series hole that looked nearly impossible to climb out of, New Jersey rebounded silencing the critics and putting away the broom sticks in Game 4 on the road in LA to force tonights Game 5 at home in The Rock. The Kings re-entered the Prudential Center with a perfect road record, 10-0-0, along with a perfect penalty killing percentage, 15-15 100%, all before their Saturday night date with the Devils in Newark. A mis read puck by Kings netminder would reel Jonathan Quick out far enough from his goal for him to play the puck, dumping it behind the cage where it'd get picked up by the Devils' captain Zach Parise who made an excellent recovery of the puck on the side of the net, squeaking one past a lunging skate of Quick on the powerplay. New Jersey's "power-less" play shortage was haulted and came to an abrupt stop on the Parise goal in the first. The puck creeped its way over the goal line, lighting the lamp and sending the home town crowd into a frenzy! Devils up 1-0 with about 8 minutes or so remaining in the opening twenty minutes. Teams would hed to the locker room shortly after, one of which would look to keep up the pressure, the other, looking to finish their season on a high note in the closing 40 minutes. Devils' goalie Martin Brodeur shut down all 7 shots faced during the first period leading the way to his to a 25 save night, awarding him the the 1st Star of the game award. Brodeur's victory was his 14th of the post-season, leaving him with 113 career playoff wins. The second period would see two more goals scoot their way past each goalie resulting in one goal a piece, still, leaving New Jersey in the drivers seat heading BACK into the locker room before the opening faceoff for the 3rd period. Goals scored by Los Angeles' Justin Williams early on would come just before an answering goal that was credited to Devils blue liner, Bryce Salvador. Salvador's wrist shot pinballed off of what had initially appeared to be Clarkson's stick but was later identified as Slava Voynov's right shoulder, who was the culprit in the re-directed puck. Now, just because the scoring stopped for the night, that doesnt mean that the scoring OPPORTUNITIES didnt... Los Angeles was swarming in the 3rd. As well as your Devils. Back and forth the puck went ringing off of posts, men in front, finding the pads, the glove, the waffle, stick, hell, even Quicky's helmet on an off balance wrister released from the heel of Ryan Carter's twig. As time wound down, so did LA's fuse. Off the draw to Quick's right in the closing minutes of the game, a scrum in front of the net would occur, resulting in Devils' rookie Adam Henrique being whiped down to the ice, crashing down into the crease of Quick, setting off, the Kings. How? I do not know. Quick, as well as others began throwing jabs and punches into the pile of Kings and Devils players, ultimately resulting in off setting minor penalties for New Jersey's 3rd line forward Alexi Ponikarovsky and Kings' grinder Dustin Penner who would spend the remaining 96 seconds of the game in the sin bin. The night would come to a close shortly after a solid defensive shut down in the corner and then the side boards crediting the Devils with their second consecutive win in the Stanley Cup Finals, bringing the series to a one game defecit, 3-2 heading back to Hollywood Monday evening.
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I would like to thank Darren S. and ALL of you who read my articles on Running With The Devils and I'd like to thank EVERYONE for all their support throughout the season. This is my last game-recap I will write this season and I just want to thank everyone for reading, following, liking, re-tweeting, and sharing my articles all season long! I look forward to writing more this off season and I wish nothing but the best to all you Devils fans out there! Signing off, for now, I'm Devin Mattera, remember, "Stay Classy Devils Fans!". LETS GO DEVILS!
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