With game three about as close to a capitulation as a team could provide, it would appear that all that remains to be seen this year is whether the Kings can close out the Stanley Cup in four straight.
The Kings dominated Game Three in regal fashion, owning pretty well every aspect of the game and seeming to drain the Devils of any ambition by the time the final horn went.
A quick scam of the New Jersey/New York papers paints a pretty grim picture of a bounce back for the east coasters, and with the evidence of game three, it would seem most hockey observers concur with the synopsis.
Really, when you have questions such as Who has been the biggest no show in the Stanley Cup Finals, If that was max effort, Devils have no hope and What disgusted you most about Game 3? Well, suffice to say that the homecoming probably isn't going to end in a parade we imagine...
One thing would seem certain, leaving as many power play opportunities to pass by without result is not exactly the course to a Stanley Cup parade, game three was such that one point you almost expected the Devils to decline the penalty, just to see if their luck would change.
For the Kings, the opportunity to close out the series and share the Stanley Cup celebration with Los Angeles is upon them. As one wit on Twitter put it on Monday night, with one more win, the Kings can say from the friendly confines of Staples that they pushed the Easy button and judging by their performance in rounds one, two, three and now four, it's been a pretty remarkable run.
As the Stanley Cup tradition goes and with the Kings in a position to clinch the series, the Cup will be in the house at Staples Centre for game four.They have been on a roll since the playoffs began and one imagines that they'll bring it all home on Wednesday night.
Game Four-- New Jersey 3 at Los Angeles 1
Los Angeles leads the series 3 games to 1
Previews and Reviews
LA Times-- Kings fail to finish off the Devils in Game 4
LA Times-- Kings will have to go on the road again
LA Times-- Instead of airing it out, Los Angeles Kings let air out of Staples
LA Times-- Devils' Adam Henrique is spot on against Kings
LA Times-- Kings miss several chances to put away Devils
LA Times-- The Devils made the Kings lose it
LA Times-- Kings' Willie Mitchell says postseason run is pretty sweet
LA Daily News-- No one's sleeping on Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick anymore...
LA Daily News-- Devils score 3 third-period goals in 3-1 win to deny Kings ...
LA Daily News-- Bang-bang goal gives Devils a sliver of hope
Newark Star Ledger-- Can Devils actually do it?
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils' Adam Henrique continues to show poise beyond his years
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils win Game 4 by bridging young and old...
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils' Adam Henrique and David Clarkson 'shave' Kings 3-0 lead
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils win 3-1, staying alive and moving series back to New Jersey
Newark Star Ledger-- Have NBC broadcasters been fair and balanced?
NY Post-- Devils beat Kings; force Game 5 back in Newark
NY Post-- Brodeur puts Devils in spot to make historic comeback
NY Post-- Power Plays
NY Post-- Devils' Parise will soon wear new jersey
NY Daily News-- NJ Devils hold off elimination in Stanley Cup Finals...
USA Today-- Despite Game 4 loss, Kings still confident in Cup pursuit
USA Today-- Brodeur, Henrique helps Devils stay alive
Globe and Mail-- Devils stay alive with 3-1 win to force Game 5
Globe and Mail-- Rookie Henrique comes up big for Devils
Globe and Mail-- Kings are built to last
National Post-- Devils finally come alive, send series back to New Jersey
National Post-- Dominant Kings still a far cry from dynasties of old
LA Times-- Los Angeles Kings are close to the Cup, but are they close?
LA Times-- It's tough to beat Kings' Jonathan Quick
LA Times-- The versatile Stanley Cup - baptismal font and cereal bowl
LA Times-- Kings face a battle of nerves heading into Game 4
LA Times-- Kings trace current Stanley Cup run to March
LA Times-- It's polished effort as Los Angeles Kings close in on Stanley Cup
LA Daily News-- Kings notes and quotes from Tuesday
LA Daily News-- Simon Gagne talks about his comeback
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils' mood is good; Anton Volchenkov comeback is possible
Newark Star Ledger-- Petr Sykora will return to lineup against Kings
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils' Martin Brodeur will cherish playoff run no matter what happens
Newark Star Ledger-- Was Kings' first goal legit and did it make a difference in Game 3?
New York Post-- Devils routed by Kings need victory to avoid Stanley Cup Sweep
New York Post-- Devils call on Sykora to be scorer
USA Today-- Devils stay optimistic despite being dominated by Kings
USA Today-- Sutter's success rooted in hard work, honesty
USA Today-- Petr Sykora could return to Devils' lineup
Globe and Mail-- Kings on verge of capping one of most dominant recent Cup runs
Globe and Mail-- On a team deep with playoff stars, Quick has the edge for MVP
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