June 6, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8) during the third period in game four of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals against the New Jersey Devils at the Staples Center. The Devils won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE
Los Angeles Kings at New Jersey Devils, Game 5, 8:00 Eastern, NBC and CBC
Well, here we are again, folks. The Kings are on the precipice of lifting the Cup, and the Devils are fighting for their hockey lives. The Devils hope to continue what they started in LA during Game 4 while the Kings hope to get back what they were missing in that game. The Kings can set a new NHL record tonight by becoming the first team to have 11 road wins in a single playoff season; the Devils just became one of six teams in the last 24 attempts to win Game 4 after trailing 3-0 in the finals.
Don't take losing Game 4 as an indication that the Kings are slipping, though. Throughout the 2012 playoffs, Game 4s have by far been the team's worst. All three of their losses have come in the 4th game, in fact. Besides, this is the finals were talking about here, folks. As Trevor Lewis said, "It's pretty tough to sweep (the finals)."
Also don't take winning Game 4 as an indication that the Devils are right back in this thing. The last team to come back from a 3-0 deficit in the finals to win the Cup were the Maple Leafs. In 1942. I'm not saying it can't be done, but they're going to have to rely on more than just planting "a small seed of doubt into the (mind) of . . . goalie Jonathan Quick" to do it. (NHL.com)
|JUN 6, 2012||NJD @ LAK||NJD, 3 - 1|
|JUN 4, 2012||NJD @ LAK||LAK, 4 - 0|
|JUN 2, 2012||LAK @ NJD||LAK, 2 - 1|
|MAY 30, 2012||LAK @ NJD||LAK, 2 - 1|