Saturday, June 09, 2012

Stanley Cup Final Game Five -- Los Angeles at New Jersey -- June 9, 2012

The Devils spoiled the Hollywood celebration, a gut check type of win that arrived in the nick of time, denying Los Angeles the opportunity to celebrate another Championship banner for the Staples Centre, the first of the hockey ones in the Kings history that would share space with the much lauded Lakers.

Of course, one win, as good of a push back win as it was for the Devils, does not make for the turning of the tide, but another win on home ice tonight could make what has been a less than enthralling Stanley Cup final a little bit interesting.

Game four didn't offer much in the way of drama for the first two periods, reminiscent more of a mid season game of tedious hockey than of Stanley Cup timbre, the third one, a period dominated by the Devils for perhaps the first time in the series, at least provided notice that there was still a pulse on the New Jersey bench.

Game Five, has the opportunity to once again be the final game of the season, as will any subsequent ones to come, the Kings still in command of the series with a 3 games to 1 lead, the sweep denied on Wednesday, LA can still close out the Devils at the Prudential Centre tonight.

No doubt head coach Darryl Sutter has spent the last two days reinforcing the message that it's better to shut down the Devils aspirations tonight, rather than give them another lifeline and momentum.  The Kings may have missed out on the chance to celebrate with their fans on home ice, but better to come home with the Cup tonight and let the celebration begin, than to find themselves suddenly fighting for their playoff ambitions in a game six.

Game Five-- Los Angeles Kings 1 at New Jersey Devils 2 

Los Angeles leads the series 3 games to 2

Previews and Reviews


Los Angeles Times-- Devils send series back to L. A. with 2-1 victory over Kings
Los Angeles Times-- Devils captain Zach Parise answers questions with a goal
Los Angeles Times-- New Jersey Devils' Bryce Salvador is peaking...
LA Daily News-- Devils extend series with 2-1 victory
LA Daily News-- Kings fail again to win crown, as Devils extend series
Newark Star Ledger-- Kings maintain confidence after Game 5 loss to Devils ...
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils' Zach Parise ends his goal-scoring drought in Game 5 win
Newark Star Ledger-- With another Kings loss, Stanley Cup finals finally getting interesting
Newark Star Ledger-- Anton Volchenkov an example of team's fight to overcome Kings
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils fans have reason to believe after Game Five win in Stanley Cup Finals
NY Post-- Devils force Cup Finals back to L. A. with Game 5  victory
NY Post-- They're halfway to making history
NY Post-- Vets gave N. J. reason to believe
NY Post-- Parise leads way for Devils
NY Post-- Devils believe they can come back
NY Daily News-- NJ Devils stave off elimination in Game 5...
NY Daily News-- NJ Devils try to become 2004 Boston Red Sox
USA Today-- NHL's Devils, Kings still writing Stanley Cup ending
USA Today-- Devils force Game 6 with 2-1 win vs. Kings
Globe and Mail-- Devils nip Kings to force Game 6
Globe and Mail-- Doubt surrounds reports of a financial saviour for Devils


Los Angeles Times-- Kings Dustin Brown hasn't been the same in the Final
Los Angeles Times-- Bring on the hate: Los Angeles Kings set for Devils' hostile setting 
Los Angeles Times-- Los Angeles Kings' Simon Gagne talks about concussion symptoms
Los Angeles Times-- After missed opportunities, Kings eager for a second chance
Los Angeles Times-- Kings will have to go on the road again
LA Daily News-- Sutter's psych job proves to be effective
LA Daily News-- Kings must finish Devils, or tempt fate in Stanley Cup Final
LA Daily News-- Different place, same objective for Kings
LA Daily News-- Memo to NBC Sports Net -- you're welcome
LA Daily News-- Kings return to their happy place
LA Daily News-- Pattern calls for Game 5 closeout
LA Daily News-- Matt Greene, Jarret Stoll in it to win it
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils prepare for Game 5 against Kings with optional morning skate
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils fans, get ready for Game 5 by showing your spirit..
Newark Star Ledger-- Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk must score if Devils are to keep it going
Newark Star Ledger-- Actually, Devils have come back from 3-1 deficit before
Newark Star Ledger-- Give 3 reasons why Devils will win Game 5
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils' Martin Brodeur and Patrik Elias do not see the end in sight
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils' Zach Parise said ankle is not an issue for rest of Stanley Cup finals
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils keep same lines from Game 4 for practice today
Newark Star Ledger-- Why has first goal been so important?
Newark Star Ledger-- Should Devils try and rattle Jonathan Quick?
Newark Star Ledger-- One Devilish situation has this group believing
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils' power play losing punch as chance still fall flat
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils keep level head, look to fight back against Kings
Newark Star Ledger-- Can Martin Brodeur keep up strong play?
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils return home with first win and looking for more to turn series
NY Post-- Devils believe they can come back
NY Post-- Devils' Henrique has experience rallying from 0-3 hole
NY Post-- DeBoer's lineup shifts pay off for Devils
NY Post-- Serby's Q and A with.. Lou Lamoriello
NY Post-- Brodeur puts Devils in spot to make historic comeback
NY Daily News-- Devils look to stay alive against LA Kings in Game 5
NY Daily News-- DeBoer tinkers game plan as NJ Devils survive...
USA Today-- NHL's Devils, Kings still writing Stanley Cup ending
USA Today-- Devils want to keep comeback hopes alive
USA Today-- Kings lacked breaks in Game 4 not focus
Globe and Mail-- Devils take their cue from Brodeur
Globe and Mail-- Kings one win away from Cup but know that Devils are still fighting
Globe and Mail-- Devils' coach DeBoer brings the funny
Globe and Mail-- Kings regroup, take to road
Globe and Mail-- Brodeur throws Devils a life preserver
National Post-- Devils coach Pete DeBoer keeps his eyes on the prize
National Post-- Devils ready to play one moment at a time

Previous Items on the series

Game One
Game Two
Game Three
Game Four

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