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Kings felt there were no alarms and no surprises with Devils’ attack

May 31, 2012, 5:37 PM EST

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The Kings’ work in shutting down the Devils was more than effective as New Jersey was held to just one goal and limited opportunities. A day later, Kings players said they felt more than prepared for how the Devils came after them.

“We’ve been watching some video. There were no huge surprises out there,” Anze Kopitar said.

“They played hard. They have some skilled forwards that have some size too. They come in on the forecheck pretty hard. Everytime we’re in our zone we want to make sure we make strong plays and get the hell out of there.”

Jonathan Quick echoed Kopitar’s thoughts on what they felt the Devils would bring to the table and ultimately did do.

“I think we had a pretty good understanding of what they’d bring to the table to be honest,” Quick said. “They’re great on the forecheck, they create a lot of speed in the neutral zone. Those are two of the biggest areas we have to take away to have success.”

For Drew Doughty, their biggest focus is trying to contain Ilya Kovalchuk.

“He’s got a lot of speed and I’m aware of that. He likes to get open and take that shot,” Doughty said. “So my main objective is to not giving him a lot of room, not give him those open areas and I want to play him hard and do everything I can to take him out of the series.”

Kopitar summed up their work in Game 1 succinctly.

“There’s always special attention to those kinds of players with that kind of caliber. We have to make sure it’s not given to them. Every time you play against those kinds of guys you have to make it hard on them. I thought we did a fairly good job of that.”

  1. oside760 - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    was that a tranny singing the national anthem last night? GO KINGS!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. blomfeld - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    HOOK, LINE AND SINKER …

    The bottom line friends is that we LA Kings allowed these Devils to “do their thing” to no avail … and then we “pounced” on them when it counts ! :) Nonetheless, I’m still dumbfounded by this glaring “Achilles heal” of theirs, which they laid bare for all to see yesterday ? I can now see this thing turning into a “turkey shoot” real quick-like !

  3. sbrowncreative - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    We’re these guys watching the same game? Most of it was played in the Kings end and most if the time the Devils were running a show everyone predicted they would lose. Odd how one overtime goal turns the Kings into “ready for what NJ threw at them” when they obviously were not. Let’s see what happens folks.

    One more thing… That ice was terrible. The puck was all over. The NHL needs to hire people that know how to make ice in warm weather if the Cup is going to be played in June. Both teams suffered because of that ice.

    • killerpooh - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      Apparently not .. The ice was tilted towards NJ’s end for a good piece of the 1st and 2nd period. The Devils had, what, 10 shots on net over 2 periods? Yes, the Devils outplayed the Kings in the 3rd period, but came away tied.

      Bad ice during the SCF is not exactly unknown, even in Canadians cities. The SCF is held these days from very late May to the middle of June. Heat plus humidity is common in most of the northeast this time of year. It was sort of strange that despite temperatures in excess of 100 Deg F (38 Deg C), the ice was OK in Phoenix. The problem, alas, is the humidity. Rather dry in Phoenix.

      I am certain that all available technologies are being brought to bear with regards to the ice. There was a preseason game some years back involving the Kings and I think the Rangers that has held OUTDOORS in Las Vegas in September. Rather hot in LV in September, and the ice held.

  4. zinfman - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    What a great Cup! A 6 th seed vs. an 8th seed. Has greed blinded the NHL so much? Has the unimportance of the regular season ever been so obvious? It must be to the Canucks, Rangers and Blues.

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