The Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks are set to square off in the first Original Six finals match-up since 1979. The Blackhawks, who were heavily favorited to go all the way after starting the season with points in their first 24 straight games, had a difficult time in the semi-finals against the Red Wings but were able to recover and skate their way into the finals for the second time in four years and face a tough, streaking team in the Boston Bruins. (Photo Credit: onesecondleft.com)
At around 8 p.m. Pacific standard time on June 11th, Simon Gagne had finally earned the right to hoist the Stanley Cup over his head.
Despite a series of unfortunate events that had spanned several seasons and a near tumble when he tried to pick up the Cup for the first time, Gagne had finally reached the peak of the hockey summit where he rightfully belonged.
It's amazing how quickly a series can turn. A week ago the Kings took game three and were one win away from a sweep and their first Stanley Cup, fast forward to today and things aren't as simple. Martin Brodeur has limited a high octane offense to two goals in the past two games and the Devils' offense has provided just enough spark to put pressure on Los Angeles.
The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1945 Detroit Red Wings have become relevant again. New Jersey joins select company by trailing in the Stanley Cup Finals 3-0 and becoming the third team to bring the series back 3-2. In both the 1942 and '45 series the team down 3-2 won game six to force a game sev...
For the first time in their 45 year history the Los Angeles Kings will be playing a game to win the Stanley Cup. The Kings other trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993 amounted to only one win and a series loss against the Montreal Canadiens, 19 years later L.A. only needs one more game.
The Kings postseason campaign has been taken right out of a Hollywood script. Substantial underdogs, the Kings ran through the top three seeds in the western conference suffering only two losses. Two overtime victories and a blowout later in the finals and the Kings are a step away from becoming NHL royalty.
Most fitting, the potential clinching game will be in Los Angeles. Kin...
The third installment of the Stanley Cup Finals makes its way into the Staples Center tonight. The Kings had little time to celebrate their 2-1 overtime victory Saturday night, Darryl Sutter rushed his team out of the locker room and onto the team plane in order to get back to Los Angeles as quickly as possible. Up 2-0 in the series, the Staples Center will be packed with raucous fans hungry to get a step closer to the first championship in franchise history.
For the Devils it's time to get desperate. Tonight is ultimately a must-win scenario for New Jersey, the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team to go down 0-3 and rally back to win the Cup. The trip out west could be to...
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...
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.
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...