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Carter Gives Kings 2-0 Lead

The Kings are two wins away from their first Stanley Cup. The second installment of the finals was eerily similar to game one. Los Angeles scored the first goal, the Devils retaliated, and the Kings ended up victorious in overtime.

Jeff Carter ended the game with 13:42 left in overtime. Carter recovered his pass to Dustin Penner on the crease, circled around the goal and put a wrist shot past Martin Brodeur. Carter earned first star honors because of the goal. The win gives the Kings a perfect 10-0 mark on the road in the playoffs.

Drew Doughty opened the scoring with an unassisted goal 7:49 into the game. The Kings defensemen, familiar with scoring, took the puck into the Dev...

A Duel Between Goalies

It's one of the oldest and most familiar plots in Hollywood: The seasoned veteran against the budding star. The Stanley Cup Final between the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings is centered around the play of Martin Brodeur and Jonathan Quick. As the series unfolds we could see the passing of the metaphorical torch or the exclamation to a brilliant career. It is a David vs. Goliath battle; the only question is who's who?

Historically speaking, Brodeur is the giant. Brodeur's records and accomplishments stretch so long I don't have enough coffee or time to list them all. The Devils' goalie has amassed four Vezinas (2003, '04, '07, '08); three Stanl...

Flyers vs. Devils, Eastern Conference Semifinals: Flyers Must Work Harder

After Flyers practice Wednesday, Claude Giroux minced no words on his line and the team’s Game 2 performance.

"We didn’t play hard.…we need to play harder….be hard on [New Jersey]….we want to be a team that works hard….outworked….lost battles….didn’t have jump….”

In just 1:53 of media availability posted to the team’s website, Giroux made the Flyers shortcomings quite clear.

They didn’t work hard enough.

It seems perplexing. A team in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs came out in a rowdy home environment and….didn’t work hard enough?

In Sutter we Trust

Darryl Sutter could lead the LA Kings to the Cup this season.

So what do Calgary Flames fans think of it given that he dug the Flames into their current hole?

Well, Darryl was always a good coach...it was the GM thing that he sucked at.

Flyers Corner - First Round Complete

TCL's Mark Trible was joined by The Fourth Period Penguins writer Joe Depto in the show's latest installment.

The two talked about the Flyers Game 6 victory and Claude Giroux's fantastic performance.

The Fourth Period's Flyers writer and owner of The Hockey Guys, Dustin Leed called in and shared his insight.

Sens have Rangers on ropes

It seemed hard times were on the way for the Ottawa Senators when captain Daniel Alfredsson was gooned by Carl Hagelin.

The truth is far from the specularion, as the Senators have won two games in a row in two tight-checking affairs. 

The series has featured exactly what fans expect from the playoffs: unlikely heroes, huge hits, and incredible goaltending. Craig Anderson and Henrik Lundqvist have been stellar for their teams, and the Senators have played Rangers-esque defense.

Chris Neil, Jared Cowen, Zenon Kenopka, and Nick Folgino have really led the way for Ottawa in the hard-work, hard-hitting department, while Kyle Turris has become even more loved by Sens fan ...

JvR In Tonight's Line Up

The long-awaited playoff debut for James van Riemsdyk is finally here.

The left-winger, who had missed the last seven weeks with a broken foot, will be in tonight’s line up for the Flyers for Game 5 in Pittsburgh. He will likely be skating on the third line with Jake Voracek and Matt Read.

Tim Pinaccio of CSN tweeted the update: "JVR arrives with first group of players which indicates he is in rinaldo was not with that group."

Going by that tweet, Rinaldo will not dress for tonight's game even though he was not suspended for his actions in the 10-3 loss during Game 4.

After a good practice on Thursday, the man they call “JvR” said he is ready to play. But whether he will play will be up to the people in charge.

INJURY UPDATE: Gustafsson To Replace Grossmann

The Flyers will have to try and close out their first round match up against the Penguins without defenseman Nick Grossmann.

Grossmann was lost due to a concussion after being hit by Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin in Game 4. Grossmann is leading the Flyers in blocked shots, an asset he brings to the table that the Flyers had sorely lacked most of the season before acquiring him.

In Grossmann’s place will be the 23-year-old rookie Erik Gustafsson, who has been a top choice for 7th defenseman all season when healthy. He will most likely be paired with Andreas Lilja.

Flyers Corner- Suspensions & Game 4

TCL's Mark Trible was joined on air Tuesday night by a couple of callers and The Fourth Period Penguins writer, Joe Depto.

The two discussed the suspensions levied by Brendan Shanahan; one game for James Neal and four for Arron Asham.

Was it fair? Or not enough?

Most of the 30 minute show was dedicated to the suspensions and the unruly play in this year's playoffs.

However, both Joe and Mark weighed in on game four at the end of the show.

Role Reversal: Flyers in Penguins' Heads

The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins faced off in a playoff game. One team lost its cool and went over the line. They seemed to come close but never had enough to get over the hump.

One team looked like it was trying to exercise its demons and yet seemed so far from actually doing it.

Normally, that team is in black and orange. However, this time the orange has been swapped out for gold.

Sunday’s 8-4 game three win for Philadelphia felt like it was played in an opposite universe. Not long ago, Daniel Carcillo was running amok and Max Talbot was shushing the Wells Fargo Center crowd.

It seems like yesterday when Captain Mike Richards was losing his cool and letting the Pittsburgh superstars get under his skin. With those teams, it seemed like they’d never get over the brink against the Penguins.

Sunday, they were far beyond the brink.