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Discuss: Kings beat Devils, take stranglehold on Cup finals

Jun 2, 2012, 11:41 PM EDT

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Saturday evening in Newark, Kings forward Jeff Carter beat Devils goalie Martin Brodeur at 13:32 of the first overtime period to give Los Angeles a 2-1 victory in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals. The Kings now lead the series 2-0, with Game 3  Monday at the Staples Center.

Your discussion points:

—- Los Angeles is 10-0 on the road in the playoffs. If they win Games 3 and 4 at home, they’ll finish the playoffs undefeated on the road. This is rather insane.

—- Let’s handicap the Devils’ chances of coming back and winning this series. Does 20/1 sound about right?

—- Jonathan Quick is the clear Conn Smythe Trophy favorite, but who’s the second favorite? It was Dustin Brown before the finals. Is it Drew Doughty now? That was a pretty nice goal he scored tonight.

— Hopefully the Devils’ trainer knows how to do that thing Mr. Miyagi did with his hands, because Ilya Kovalchuk’s back looks like it’s hurting again.

—- Both Games 1 and 2 finished 2-1 in overtime, but can we all agree Game 2 was miles better from an entertainment perspective?

—- Fun fact No. 1: The last time Games 1 and 2 of the finals went to overtime was 1951 between Toronto and Montreal.

—- Fun fact No. 2: All five games went to OT in 1951, with the Leafs winning four of the five.

—- Devils fans were furious no penalty was given to Willie Mitchell for high-sticking David Clarkson in the second period. However, the league confirmed no penalty was warranted, as Mitchell was following through on his attempted shoot-in.

—- Neither team has scored a power-play goal in the finals. Not that the Kings care, but the Devils probably do.

  1. 1trojanlove - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    That’s how we roll! Go Kings Go….

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Fun fact #2 is the funnest of the fun.

    • habsman - Jun 3, 2012 at 7:43 AM

      That was so long ago, it doesn’t even hurt.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 3, 2012 at 8:43 AM

        My age was well into the negatives at that time.

  3. micklethepickle - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Good game (at least, for someone who isn’t a fan of either team), but I’d put the odds on a Devils comeback significantly worse than 20/1. This loss feels like it broke their back – they had at least a dozen great scoring chances, and barely got one past Quick. They dominated 2 periods worth of play, and still lost home ice. It’s over, whether it takes 4, 5, or 6 games (I took LAK in 5 before the series started).

    And what are you talking about with Kovalchuk? Granted, he’s a defensive liability (we in WAS know all about that – cough*Ovi*cough) but he created all kinds of chances, and dinged one off the post. I thought he stepped it up this game. NJ just can’t get it done.

  4. flyeredup - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    And we traded Jeff Carter for Voracek and Couterier. Terrible! Holmgren needs fired as does Laugh-ee-oh-lett. I’m embarrassed to be a Fly Guy

    • hiltonandastoria - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      2 weeks ago Flyer fans were saying they didnt hate the Carter trade at first and loved it from the start. And were going on about this trade being one of the reasons why Homer deserved to be nominated for GM of the year.

      And now this….
      Funny Funny stuff

    • micklethepickle - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:53 PM

      I think that’s a very fairweather assessment to make. Carter’s good, but don’t forget Couterier completely shut down Malkin in the playoffs, and is super-young. I don’t know much about Voracek, so you might be right on that. PHI’s problem is in net, as always, not with their youth.

      • sportsfreak13 - Jun 3, 2012 at 12:07 AM

        You really think 8 points in 6 games is completely shut down? No I think 1 point in 5 games is completely shut down (giroux in the devils series)

    • wicky888 - Jun 3, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      From Flyers fans everywhere ….. you’re a fair-weathered idiot

  5. hrudey - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Luckily, there won’t be any need to do much work on the pregame stories for game 3 — pretty much every Kings opponent after losing the first two on the road talked about how they’d be right back in the series with a win, and how they’re hoping to get a key player back. It might as well be a mad lib at this point.

  6. itsallniceonice - Jun 3, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Fun Fact #3: When Jon Quick wins the Conn Smythe all of the Vezina and Hart trophy voters are going to collectively say “Wow maybe I should have stayed up to watch these games on the west coast!”

  7. manchestermiracle - Jun 3, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    The Kings are “only” 4-2 at home so far. On the other hand they won the fifth game in both those series. On the road. So it’s possible the series goes back to Jersey and the Kings still end up undefeated on the road. Now THAT would really be insane…

    Twenty-to-one? That seems rather derogatory towards the Devils…

    A little ironic Devils’ fans were whining about the Mitchell stick in Clarkson’s face when the Devils have gotten away with several penalties. In game one Brown came to an abrupt halt in front of Brodeur (trying to avoid contact like he’s supposed to) and the Devil’s goalie drew a penalty on Brown with an Academy Award-winning flop. In game two the Devil’s ran over Quick twice and neither was called. The Devils could have been called for a half dozen interference penalties so far. When you’re losing you always try to blame someone but yourself. Shut up and skate…

  8. highlander24 - Jun 3, 2012 at 1:57 AM


  9. blomfeld - Jun 3, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    WE WIN AGAIN FRIENDS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The Los Angeles Kings are “the” best team in the league today ! … and I’m so happy and proud to be a fan ! … keep going guys, we’re almost there now ! :)

  10. nicknyhc - Jun 3, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Tired of watching the Devils interference and picks, not to mention the diving as if they are playing on a slip ‘n’ slide.

  11. drewzducks - Jun 3, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    How did the Devils ever beat the Rangers? I guess NY was as overrated as most people thought.

    • jimw81 - Jun 3, 2012 at 5:33 PM

      rangers had no offense.

  12. florida727 - Jun 3, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Not sure if this should be considered a “stranglehold”. Not trying to diminish the Kings accomplishment, nor am I a Devils fan, but these two seem so evenly matched, the Devils can certainly win 4 of the next 5 with a fortunate bounce of the puck here or there. This is great hockey… but it could just as easily be 2-0 Devils. I guess in a way, I am hoping LA prevails, since they’ve never won a Cup. It would be great for the franchise (obviously). Regardless of who wins, I’m just going to sit back, watch, and enjoy the heck out of it.

  13. jimw81 - Jun 3, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    lol @ stranglehold on the series. Are people forgetting devils have a First ballot HOf’er in net? Plus the two game kings won in ot were on defensive breakdowns.

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