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Kopitar gives Kings 1-0 series lead

Anze Kopitar received a pass from Justin Williams at the blue line and glided towards the Devils' goal. With no defensemen near him it was obvious something exciting was about to happen. The full capacity crowd at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey rose from their seats hoping Martin Brodeur could make one more amazing save. 

Kopitar came down went forehand-backhand-forehand and pushed the puck just below Brodeur's slightly elevated right leg. The Kings' forward jumped into the boards - a combination of relief and thrill - as his teammates made their way off the bench onto the ice. The goal came with 11:47 left in overtime.

The Kings 2-1 victory ...

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...

TCL Predicts The Stanley Cup Final

 

2012 Stanley Cup FinalNew Jersey Devils vs. Los Angeles Kings  Every year, we predict, we project, we try to come up with logical conclusions to what's going to happen in the latest NHL season. Everyone has their opinions, everyone comes up with their own regular season and playoff winners, their own Final, their own Stanley Cup Champions. Usually, those predictions end up being wrong. Sure, you might get lucky with a high seed, but if the playoffs prove anything year-in and year-out, it's that the National Hockey League is absolutely unpredictable. This season has ramped that up to a degree we've never seen before. To give you a brief summary, the fir...

Stanley Cup Preview: Kings vs. Devils

Oh, it will be fun. (Photo courtesy of Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

It’s a Stanley Cup Final no one saw coming—unless of course one watched the last month and a half of playoff hockey unfold. Two teams that admirably underperformed over the course of an eighty-two game regular season have quickly and loudly transformed into two of the most solid Cup contenders of the last few years.

On one side sits the Eastern Conference Champion Devils, fresh off a vanquishing of heated rival New York Rangers. I know I used the word “loudly” in just the previous paragraph, but the Rangers’ eventual undo...

Western Kings

Two desperate teams took the ice in Glendale, Arizona tonight. The Kings vying for a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals - their first since 1993 - and the Coyotes fighting to extend the series to game six. 

After nearly 78 minutes of fast, physical hockey the Kings escaped on top with a 4-3 victory. 

Dustin Penner clinched the series for the Kings when he scored at the 17:42 mark in overtime breaking a 3-3 tie. The Kings celebrated their campaign through the western conference with confetti disguised as wrappers and cups from furious Phoenix fans. The only thing that might sideline the Kings' win is debate over Dustin Brown's rattling hit on Michal Rozsival.&nbs...

Doan, Smith carry Coyotes, 2-0

The Los Angeles Kings were hoping to be presented the The Campbell Bowl - awarded to the Western Conference Champion - Sunday afternoon. Instead they will be packing their bags as the series moves back to the desert. 

Coyote Captain Shane Doan struck twice and Goaltender Mike Smith blanked the Kings en route to a 2-0 victory at the Staples Center. Phoenix avoided getting swept and will return home for game 5 Tuesday night. 

A questionable interference call on L.A. forward Justin Williams set up the Coyotes' first goal. Williams parked infront of Smith after the goalie came out and cleared the puck up through the neutral zone. With no immediate pressure resulting ...

Kings Taking Over L.A.

 

The Kings are taking over Los Angeles. There’s no ambiguity, it’s as black and white as this text and page, as simple as the team’s color scheme. This weekend the Staples Center will be busier than a Playboy hosted car wash outside an all boys school. Three different postseason series will be taking place inside the arena and the Kings are the main attraction. Wait, what? As the Lakers and Clippers sputter out of control the Kings continue picking up momentum. With a win over the Coyotes Sunday the Kings would reach the Stanley Cup finals for only the second time in their 45 year history.  They don’t have cool nicknames like “The Lake...

King, Quick lead Kings past Coyotes, 2-1

The Los Angeles Kings’ assault on the Western Conference is almost over. A 2-1 victory over the third seeded Phoenix Coyotes at the Staples Center Thursday night puts the Kings on the cusp of the Cup. L.A. has won 8 straight and is 11-1 against the Western elite this postseason. 

 Dwight King’s goal 1:47 into the final period broke a 1-1 tie and proved to be the difference maker. King (1st star) received a pass from Trevor Lewis and lifted a wrist shot over the glove of Mike Smith. The game winning goal resulted from an unrelenting forecheck led by Jarrett Stoll. The Kings’ third line of Stoll - King - and Trevor Lewis has been incredibly productive (4 goals...

Western Conference Final Predictions: Phoenix Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings

 



2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Western Conference FinalPhoenix Coyotes ( 3 ) vs. Los Angeles Kings ( 8 )   The Los Angeles Kings are eliminating teams in numerical order in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs. First, it was the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks. Then the little team that could in the St. Louis Blues, the second-best team in the West. Now, LA looks to the final division winner, the Phoenix Coyotes, on their potential route to an unlikely appearance in the Stanley Cup Final. If they make it, it'll be their first such appearance since 1993 when they lost to the Montreal Canadiens, and they've alread...

TCL Round 2 Staff Predictions: St. Louis Blues vs. Los Angeles Kings

 

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Western Conference SemifinalsSt. Louis Blues ( 2 ) vs. Los Angeles Kings ( 8 )  Also Read: Ty Fisher's Series preview for the Kings. Once again, we're looking at a series that most definitely has to be about the battle between the pipes, as St. Louis and Los Angeles face off as unlikely second round opponents. Jonathan Quick absolutely lit up the west this season and may have been the only reason the Kings even made the playoffs. On the other side of the ice, the Blues have two (count 'em!) goaltenders that could have and maybe should have been up for the Vezina trophy in Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak. We may be soun...