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Not much to say about last night’s game between the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils besides maybe, domination? The Kings are on an impressive run this playoffs and continued that run with a 4 – 0 win over the Devils. The Devils do have a legitimate reason to be upset on the first goal where goalie Martin Brodeur clearly had the puck long enough for a whistle but one never came. Still, the game must go on but the Devils never did anything to get that one back, even after having a few power-plays right after the goal.

The difference between the Kings, besides a lot, would have to be that the big named guys are showing up. Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter and Justin Williams all had goals while Dustin Brown, Mike Richards and Drew Doughty all had assists. Goalie Jonathan Quick stopped all 22 shots for yet another shut-out this playoffs.

The Devils’ Ilya Kovalchuk continues to struggle, only 2 shots last night in 21 plus minutes of ice-time. Zach Parise on the other hand had a little better stats with 4 shots, 1 blocked shot and 2 hits. Both had a -1 rating. Could this be Parise’s last season with the Devils? Would you want to sign with a team where their leader, Kovalchuk, cannot show up where he is needed most?

Game 4 is Wednesday night; what do you think the final score will be?

5 Comments

  1. EricB

    June 5, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Everyone knows that Kovy is hurt and that he’s skating on one leg. Saying he’s not showing up is a bad statement. The real question would be “should he play”.

    He’s in a lose/lose situation…. he plays hurt (people saying he’s not showing up) … he doesn’t play (people would be saying he’s not tough enough).

    For me, in the 2012 playoffs, he prooved without a dought that he’s a team player.

  2. EB

    June 5, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I think it is a prerequisite to be playing hurt in the Playoffs. He is averaging over 21 minutes a game in the series and has only 5 shots and 1 hit. He has played well throughout the Playoffs, but this is the series that matters. He has not showed up.

  3. Hockeyneb

    June 5, 2012 at 11:32 am

    The devils aren’t playing like they played when they played the flyers. The kings will sweep them no doubt

  4. Chris

    June 6, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    I heard about the Jersey Shore photos on the radio this morning. Absolutely hilarious.

    I think the more disparaging statement is calling Kovalchuk the leader of the team despite Parise wearing the C. Kovalchuk seems to get more attention because he’s a flashier goal scorer, but Parise is a heart and soul guy. Would be a huge hit to NJ if he left.

  5. Nick

    June 8, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Sad thing is, people from LA think that those idiots on the Jersey Shore are actually from New Jersey. Guess they are as intelligent as rocks.

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