Stanley Cup Final Game 5
Los Angeles Kings vs. New Jersey Devils
At the Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Saturday, June 9, 2012, 8:00 PM EST
The New Jersey Devils staved off elimination on Wednesday with a 3-1 win over Los Angeles in Game 4 at the Staples Center. But can they survive another night or will the Stanley Cup be awarded tonight?
Of course, the Kings are riding a 10-0 unbeaten streak on the road during these playoffs. They've yet to lose a Game 5. They came up with consecutive overtime victories in New Jersey in Games 1 and 2 this series, including last Saturday night despite getting outshot.
The intriguing goaltending match-up continues with potential MVP Jonathan Quick against 40-year-old Martin Brodeur. The puck drops just after 8 p.m. on NBC. Follow below for live updates.
That's it. The Kings couldn't even get a shot on goal and New Jersey wins 2-1.
We're headed back to Los Angeles Monday night for Game 6. The Devils have won two straight and made this a series.
Kings still lead 3-2 but that's there first road loss of this playoffs (now 10-1 on the road).
And some time is restored on the clock. There's 8.8 seconds left, faceoff just outside the blue line.
With 7.4 seconds left, the puck sails over the boards. Some big saves from Brodeur as the Kings are pressuring.
The Kings starting a rush now into the offensive zone.
With 1:10 to go.
A pair of penalties have been called and we'll play 4-on-4 hockey for the final 1:36. Look for Quick to head to the bench for the extra attacker soon.
With 1:47 to go, it's headed back down the ice to Jonathan Quick. The Kings are in huge danger of losing their first road game of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Tons of pressure from L.A., which takes a 26-19 overall shots edge in the game! Can New Jersey hold on?
The Kings have an 8-2 edge in shots and are pressuring mightily, but still trail 2-1 with 5:35 to go.
The Devils have some chances on a power play, but the Kings kill it off. There's 12 minutes left.
The Kings are pressuring early but still 2-1 Devils.
The shots are 17-16 L.A. to this point. They were 7-4 Kings in the first, 12-10 Devils in the second.
Here's New Jersey's 2nd goal of the game, which has them up 2-1 right now. The shot from the point by Bryce Salvador is deflected in.
Of course, this is not a scientific poll, but this tweet from Hockey Night in Canada is getting dozens of retweets during the intermission.
|@ hockeynight : RT if the #Kings will come back and win the #StanleyCup tonight in #Game5 on #HNIC|
Some huge blocks by the Devils prevents Drew Doughty from getting the puck to the net in the dying seconds, and after two it's 2-1 New Jersey. Los Angeles's undefeated road record is on the line in the 3rd.
Less than 2 minutes left in the 2nd, and it's still 2-1 Devils.
The Kings think they score for a second, but the ref immediately waves it off. Jarret Stoll tips it in with a stick above the cross bar. Right call.
The Kings are going on the power play.
New Jersey regains its lead! David Clarkson tips in a long shot from Bryce Salvador to make it 2-1 Devils 9 minutes into the 2nd.
Brodeur comes up big stopping a breakaway by Jarret Stoll.
Justin Williams rips a shot past Brodeur and it's 1-1.
An early chance for Los Angeles, but Brodeur denies it.
The Devils lead 1-0 after the first.
Martin Brodeur is looking better than ever. He just made three quality saves in a row. About a minute to play in the first with Devils up 1-0.
A fair point here. Remember just a series ago against the Rangers?
|@ TravisSBN : The Devils seem to get much better the deeper they get in a series. That's sorta scary.|
1-0 New Jersey! Zach Parise tucks one in past Jonathan Quick to make it 1-0 Devils on a power play. Just over 7 minutes to play in the first.
|@ ThatKevinSmith : The @NHLDevils and the Kings come out blasting! I'm yelling at the screen like Kirk in KHAN: "FIRE! FIRE!"|
It's pretty wide open with a rapid pace so far, five minutes into the first. The goalies look sharp as do the respective offenses, swarming around and generating chances.
Broduer is beaten but it sails wide off the right post.
The Kings with the first good chance with Dustin Brown in front, but it's cleared out of harm's way.