Stanley Cup Final Game 3
Los Angeles Kings vs. New Jersey Devils
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Monday, June 4, 2012, 8:00 PM EST
After a pair of taut overtime contests in New Jersey, the Stanley Cup Final moves to Hollywood for Game 3. As they have during every other playoff series thus far, the Kings have a 2-0 lead heading home.
Los Angeles continues its magical run on the road by taking not one, but both games in New Jersey to put all the pressure on the Devils.
Just when you thought it couldn't get any better for the Kings going home with a comfortable series lead, left wing Simon Gagne is reportedly set to return from a concussion to the Kings' lineup for tonight's game.
Is there any good news for the Devils? Perhaps they can take solace in the fact that they have found themselves down early in each series en route to reaching the Cup final. They went down 2-1 and 3-2 to Florida before winning Game 7 on the road in the opening round. They then lost Game 1 to Philadelphia before reeling off four straight, two of which were on the road. And, of course, they won two of three games at Madison Square Garden after going down 2-1 to the Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals.
Will New Jersey be able to bounce back yet again from this deficit? Or will the Kings put the Devils on the brink of elimination?
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|@ DennisTFP : Simply amazing story of LA Kings has one more chapter to write on Wednesday.|
Salvador takes a shot but Greene blocks it. Under a minute and the Staples Center just erupted again.
|@ DennisTFP : That 'you get nothing for winning 3' Darryl Sutter quote is going to be so money in post game presser.|
The crowd is getting louder as the time winds down. Under 3:30. Kopitar gains the zone and the Kings just look like they're wasting time. Until Justin Williams takes a shot thats blocked by Brodeur.
Jeff Carter takes it in the zone himself and opts not to go one-on-one with the defender and just dumps it behind the blue line.
Kovalchuk gets an open shot a few feet in front of the blue line but air mails it over the net. Awful shot.
|@ DaveLozo : If the Devils got credit for a goal on shots in which Quick didn't control the rebound, it's still 4-2 Kings. #NJDLAK|
|@ NHL : Up 4 goals, this crowd does not want to sit down and are chanting "We want the Cup!' It's Kings up 4-0 in the third. http://t.co/13xEQbb5|
Zajac gets a shot off from right in front of the net but Quick makes another amazing save. And it gets the crowd right back on its feet. Actually, I'm not sure anyone has sat down since Carter's goal. 9:22 left in the game.
|@ helenenothelen : Williams scores off his own rebound. 4-0 kings. doughty gets one assist, kopitar the other. 6:47 of the third.|
|@ DaveLozo : Kings chanting WE WANT THE CUP. They'll have to wait two days. #NJDLAK|
|@ drosennhl : Fayne guilty of overplaying, overskating against Williams. Gets burned for it.|
|@ helenenothelen : kings liked scoring on the power play so much, they did it again.|
|@ Real_ESPNLeBrun : Devils totally coming apart. What a crush job by the Kings. Williams, 4-0|
KINGS SCORE AGAIN.
Penner carries it into the zone and crosses it to Justin Williams, who drags it to the middle of the ice , shoots it and gets his own rebound and fires it past Brodeur. Great rush for the Kings. 4-0 LA.
|@ drosennhl : Credit Willie Mitchell for keeping the puck in the zone at the left point to allow for the goal.|
|@ ToddCordell : Can't even believe what we're seeing.|