Last night was painful, there is no denying that. A lot is being made about the Bernier hit and I will admit that I was frustrated about it last night. The refs clearly missed a hit on Gionta, which led to Bernier taking his frustrations out on Scuderi. Was it a dumb hit? Yes. Should it have been a major penalty? It was a hit from behind that resulted in blood so technically, yes. Regardless, he shouldn’t have even put himself in the situation of allowing the ref to call that.
To say NJ didn’t play a great game would be an understatement. They didn’t respond well to the major penalty and before we knew it, we were 3-0 in the hole, which didn’t have to be the end of the world. There was plenty of hockey left to play and the goal should have been to chip away at the Kings lead, little by little but how did NJ respond the rest of the first period? No shots on net with the exception of Patrik Elias who rang a rebound off the pipe (although technically it doesn’t count as a shot on goal).
They immediately come out in the second and give up another goal to go down 4-0. Game, set and match!! We then got the pleasure of watching the wheels come completely off as our frustrations got the best of us, something that is never comfortable to watch.
Congrats to the LA Kings, they played a heck of a postseason and are a young team that will certainly make some noise in the future. As for NJ, we will have to wait and see what the off-season does to this team but one thing is for certain, Lou won’t disappoint and this team will continue to battle in the future. I love what DeBoer did this season and hopefully year 2 will be just as exciting. Since the year 2000, the Devils have been to more cup finals than any other team in the league. While they’ve won two and lost two, this franchise doesn’t get enough credit for the hard work they do.
A Special thank you to Devin, Scott and Raj who helped make this blog so much better this season. I’ve been doing this since the beginning of the 2009/2010 NHL season and they were certainly a huge help this season. I’m excited to see what next season brings as we will come up with new and exciting ways to bring you Devils coverage next season. Thank you to the readers for visiting and allowing us to continue to be passionate about the Devils.
I love the effort that the CBC puts into covering the Stanley Cup Finals year after year. Before each game, there is an opening montage with footage from the previous game (or in the case of Game 1, what each team did to get there). If you missed any of them, they are posted below, along with the CBC montage to open and close out the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which let’s be honest, the last minute of the closing video is hard to watch at the moment!!
Opening To The Stanly Cup Playoffs
End of the Playoffs Montage