New York Hockey: Stanley Cup Finals

Rapid Reaction: Devils 3, Kings 1

June, 6, 2012
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Recap | Box score | Photos

WHAT IT MEANS: They're still alive.

Adam Henrique, who has a knack for scoring big goals, notched his fourth of the playoffs with 4:29 left in the third period to snap a 1-all tie, and the Devils staved off elimination, beating the Kings 3-1 on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

New Jersey has never been swept in 43 playoff series -- the longest active streak in the NHL and second-longest streak in league history.

Henrique, 22, also tallied series-clinching overtime winners against Florida and the Rangers.

MAR-TY-VELOUS: Martin Brodeur was absolutely stellar. The 40-year-old netminder made 21 saves to pick up his first victory of the series. His best stop of the evening came in the second period when he robbed Simon Gagne with his left pad. Brodeur also stoned Dustin Penner with 3:45 left in the third.

It didn't hurt that Brodeur was the recipient of some good fortune when Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar hit the post in the first.

FINALLY: Patrik Elias gave the Devils their first lead of the series with 12:04 left in the third period, finishing off a rebound in front. It was his fifth goal of the playoffs and first of the series.

WEAKSAUCE: Just 62 seconds after Elias tallied, the Kings tied the game. David Clarkson was sent to the penalty box on a questionable boarding call, and six seconds into the ensuing power play, Drew Doughty scored from the point to tie the game at 1.

ABOUT TIME: Ilya Kovalchuk recorded an empty-net goal for his first point of the series. Kovalchuk had missed a golden opportunity to give the Devils the lead two minutes into the second period when he could not corral a puck on the doorstep.

POWERLESS: The Devils went 0-for-3 on the power play in Game 4 and are 0-for-15 on the man advantage in the series.

UP NEXT: Game 5, Saturday night at Prudential Center

Five keys for Devils' win in Game 3

June, 4, 2012
6/04/12
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The Devils still believe they can win the Stanley Cup.

And why shouldn’t they?

After all, the Bruins were in the same position as the Devils last season. But after losing a pair of one-goal games to go down 2-0 -- albeit on the road -- Boston took four of the next five from Vancouver to take the finals in seven.

Still, the Devils can’t afford to look that far ahead. Their goal on Monday night is to beat the Kings in Game 3, then go from there.

Here’s five things that need to happen for them to pull it off:

1. Score first: It may not have mattered in Philadelphia, but it has this series. The Devils have yet to put any doubt in Los Angeles’ minds. Getting the first goal -- especially on the road -- and finally playing from ahead is of the utmost importance.

2. Pelt Quick: The Devils were the better team in Game 2 after being outplayed by the Kings in Game 1. They got shots (33 in all) and traffic (which led to Ryan Carter’s redirection goal) in front of Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick. Re-establishing their forecheck is imperative so that they can generate offense from it.

3. Stars must star: Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise combined for 10 points in the Eastern Conference finals against the Rangers. So far, they have none in the finals, though Kovalchuk did hit the crossbar with 18 seconds left in Game 2. That has to change. Devils coach Peter DeBoer tweaked his lines and has reunited Kovalchuk, Parise and Travis Zajac to try and get his team going. New Jersey only has two goals so far: one by Carter and one by Anton Volchenkov. That isn’t going to cut it.

4. Power up: The Devils are 0-for-6 on the power play during the series. Kovalchuk called New Jersey’s man-advantage “embarrassing” following Game 2. ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside has more on the Devils’ PP woes.

5. Vintage performer: Martin Brodeur has been extremely steady in net, allowing just four goals. Maybe you can blame Colin Fraser’s tally in Game 1 on him, but when Anze Kopitar moves in on a breakaway or Drew Doughty runs circles around your defense, there’s not really much you can do. If the Devils come back and win the Cup, Brodeur deserves the Conn Smythe trophy that eluded him in the 2003 finals.

Stanley Cup finals begin Wednesday

May, 25, 2012
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Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals between the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings will take place Wednesday, May 30, at the Prudential Center in Newark.

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All games will be played at 8 p.m. ET.

Game 1: Wednesday, May 30, in Newark

Game 2: Saturday, June 2, in Newark

Game 3: Monday, June 4, in Los Angeles

Game 4: Wednesday, June 6, in Los Angeles

*Game 5: Saturday, June 9, in Newark

*Game 6: Monday, June 11, in Los Angeles

*Game 7: Wednesday, June 13, in Newark

Stanley Cup finals sked announced

May, 22, 2012
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Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals will take place on May 30, the NHL announced Tuesday.

The winner of the Devils-Rangers series will have home-ice based on points.

The winner of the Kings-Coyotes series will host Games 3, 4 and, if necessary, 6.

All games will be played at 8 p.m. ET.

New Jersey and New York’s series is tied 2-2, while Los Angeles leads Phoenix, 3-1.

Game 1 Wed, May 30: Kings/Coyotes at Devils/Rangers

Game 2 Sat, June 2: Kings/Coyotes at Devils/Rangers

Game 3 Mon, June 4: Devils/Rangers at Kings/Coyotes

Game 4 Wed, June 6: Devils/Rangers at Kings/Coyotes

Game 5 Sat, June 9: Kings/Coyotes at Devils/Rangers

Game 6 Mon, June 11: Devils/Rangers at Kings/Coyotoes

Game 7 Wed, June 13: Kings/Coyotes at Devils/Rangers

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