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Edmonton Oilers fans can rest easy now, know that the record their team set going 16-2 in route to a Stanley Cup in 1988 is safe for another season. Despite their best efforts, the Los Angeles Kings could not close out another series in game four – as all three of their playoff losses have come at home – in game 4 as they tried to sweep their opponent.
The odds are still in the Kings favor heading into Saturday nights game five contest in Newark, New Jersey. While the Devils became just the sixth team in NHL history to win game four to prevent a finals sweep, only one team prior to this has every won game 5, 6, and 7 to steal the Stanley Cup, and that was the Toronto Maple Leafs seven decades ago. The Kings remain unbeaten on the road, something the Devils will have to change as they remain on life support.
Through two periods last night, it seemed like the first goal scored would be the only one needed to either crown a Stanley Cup champion, or prolong the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. The New Jersey Devils are not going to go away quietly. Both Martin Brodeur and Jonathan Quick remained perfect through 40 minutes, and as the clock ticked away through the third period, it seemed that overtime was destined for the fated clubs – as the goalies when tested, seemed to have the puck find them. The way the puck was finding the post last night for the Kings was as if the puck was allergic to the inside of the cage behind Martin Brodeur.
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When the Devils were finally able to solve Jonathan Quick with a goal, it was the first time the Devils had managed a lead in the series. The lead lasted just over a minute as a questionable boarding call sent the Kings to the powerplay – and the score was tied up. The Devils did not suffer defeat though, adding a tally and an empty net goal requiring both teams to earn some more air miles.
While the Los Angeles Kings and the city of Angeles would have loved to have had their coronation at home in front of Kings Nation – no home team has ever had that honor since the 2007 Anaheim Ducks did it in front of their fans. If the series comes back to Los Angeles for a game six, momentum will be on the side of the Devils, and the Kings will face adversity for the first time this post season. All three Kings losses have come in elimination situations, they were able to overcome their first two losses with a game five win.
Topics: Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers, Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Puck Daddy, Stanley Cup