Tonight is a great night for professional hockey fans! It’s the NHL Stanley Cup finals with the L.A. Kings and the New Jersey Devils battling for the Cup. At the beginning of the series, it looked like the brooms were coming out and the Cup was going to the Kings in a sweep. To everyone’s surprise, the Devils had some energy left in the tank and have won the past 2 games!
The Kings dominated the first three games, leading the series 3-0 with game 4 looking like a easy win. The Devils fought back – and hard. The Devils had taken control of the game in the third period, scoring three goals to the Kings only goal. The leaders for the Devils, P. Ellias, A. Henrique, and I. Kovalchuk, finally cleared the cobwebs and were able to shine. For the first time, the Devils had a hope for Lord Stanley’s cup. Martin Brodeur, a veteran to both the game and Stanley Cup Finals, played phenomenally, ultimately helping the Devils leave victorious.
Game 5 was in New Jersey and I had a feeling that the Devils were going to pull off another victory. Prior events have shown that, when the Devils play on their home turf, they definitely are at an advantage over the opposing team. Seeing the arena sold out was an awesome sight for any hockey fan to see. The fans helped their team take game 5 with a 2-1 victory over the Kings with the Devils’ Zach Parise being the first to score. As a team leader, he was able to keep up the momentum by helping Bryce Salvador tip in a goal during the second period. Winning this game now forced the series into a game 6.
This is something that every Kings fan is upset about. They were supposed to win in 4 games, not 6! With the game being held in L.A., even with the momentum the Devils have, I don’t think they will be able to win this game. My guess is that tonight Anze Kopitar, one of the Kings’ young stars, is going to lead his team to victory. I would take this gamble because he scored a breakaway goal in overtime in game one of the series to win the game (and made it look like a simple walk in the park). And with M. Brodeur, at the age of 40 (pretty old for the NHL), he will not be able to handle the pressure from the Kings’ young offense for much longer. Place your bets folks. Who do you think is going to win?
Written by Guest Blogger, Stephen Brooks