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Discuss: Devils stay alive, beat Kings in Game 4

Jun 6, 2012, 11:12 PM EDT

Henrique goal AP

The Los Angeles Kings will have to wait a little longer to hoist their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Wednesday evening at the Staples Center, New Jersey rookie Adam Henrique ruined the party with a late third-period goal that gave his team a 2-1 lead. Soon after, Ilya Kovalchuk added an empty-netter and the Devils left town with a 3-1 victory.

The Kings now lead the series, 3-1, with Game 5 going Saturday in Newark.

For discussion:

—- This was the third time in the playoffs the Kings have failed to complete a sweep at home. They lost Game 4’s to Vancouver in the first round and Phoenix in the conference finals before following up each time with a road victory in Game 5.

—- The Kings won’t be matching the record for fewest defeats in the playoffs. They’ve now lost three times, once more than the 1988 Oilers.

—- The last time the Cup was hoisted by the home team was 2007 in Anaheim. Last year, the Canucks had a chance but lost to the Bruins in Game 7. The Red Wings had a shot in 2008 but lost to Pittsburgh in Game 5 at Joe Louis Arena before winning Game 6 on the road. Detroit had another opportunity in 2009, but lost Game 7 at home to the Penguins.

—- According to NHL PR, teams with a chance to win the Stanley Cup on home ice dropped to 40-20 (.667) since the best-of-seven format was introduced in 1939 and 6-8 (.429) since 2000.

—- Also per NHL PR, the Devils’ victory marked the 47th road win of the playoffs, setting the NHL record for one postseason. The previous record was set in 1987.

—- The Devils still haven’t scored on the power play in the finals. They went 0-for-3 tonight.

—- The Kings hit the post twice in the scoreless first period.

—- The Devils are still in a deep hole, but if they win Saturday…

  1. vindicatus - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Beat the Kings and the refs on this one! Devils live to fight another day!

    Staying alive, staying alive! Ah ah ah ah staying aliiiiiiiiiiiiive!

    • blomfeld - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:39 PM

      “Devils live to fight another day” …

      Well enjoy “that” day friend, because it’s the last one “you” people are going to get ! You’ve been “thrown a bone” and so now you should go and and make the most of it. In a way this is almost befitting, as we Kings are going to now claim the “ultimate” prize in “your” building as the “ultimate” road warriors ! You Devils have drawn blood, which was probably the worst thing you people could have done … and yet, what else were you people expected to do ? In the end, it doesn’t matter in the slightest, as that which will be, will be …

      GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. stakex - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    As much as I want to see the Devils lose this series, I’m glad they won after that awful awful call that lead to the Kings goal. There is no place for a penelty like that in game 4 of the cup finals.

  3. dannythebisforbeast - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Carter on the ice for all 3 goals That’s the guy I know

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 7, 2012 at 12:51 AM

      Zero hits, Zero blocked shots and Zero take-aways, and -3
      Yup that’s what you get with Carter much more often than you would like

  4. sbrowncreative - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    I don’t remember a Blomfield on the ice. What’s with all the ‘we’ crap?

    • blomfeld - Jun 7, 2012 at 10:39 PM

      “What’s with all the ‘we’ crap?” …

      A fair enough question I suppose ? … especially coming from some angry & disgruntled Flyer’s fan no doubt ? You see pal, we “true” LA Kings fans are like a “band of brothers” who are forever loyal, steadfast and dependable to each other … and whatever we lack in numbers, we more than make up in conviction. Yes, I do appreciate the fact that the notion of “we” is an alien concept to you people … however that’s your loss, not ours. In fact, I will submit to you that the Philadelphia Flyers are a criminal organization “masquerading” as a sports team and that their fan base is nothing more than a horde of “violent and selfish” boors ! I have never “once” ever seen a Flyer’s fan post anything here even “remotely” pleasant to his fellow man ? That and “that” alone speaks volumes about you people. So get lost you fool and go back to the golf course, because “we” Kings have some business to take care of here !

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  5. dannythebisforbeast - Jun 7, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Always zero hits and zero blocked shots. always

  6. dannymac17 - Jun 7, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    They are gonna beat the Kings 4 games in a row?

    Nobody has beating the Kings back to back let alone 4.

    Im all for a feel good story but cmon.

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