Stanley Cup Final
Winning Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals did more than keep the Devils alive. It gave them a sniff, a scent, a feeling. Call it momentum if you want.
In the world of sports mind games, a good case be made that the Devils have planted a seed of doubt in the Kings and that the whiff of confidence is now in the New Jersey locker room.
The underdog Devils showed the fight needed to avoid a Stanley Cup sweep and unexpectedly brought the series back to Prudential Center for Game 5.
After Henrique scored the tiebreaker to win Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night, he became the first rookie to get three game-winning goals in one playoff year since 1999.
When the Kings scored to tie Game 4 right after New Jersey took their first lead of the series — that’s right, the series — Steve started to get down in the dumps.
Although Martin Brodeur seems likely to return next season with the Devils, the 40-year-old goalie also isn’t convinced their current season is over just yet.
There’s a situation in Los Angeles. No, we’re not talking about New Jersey’s 3-0 hole in the Stanley Cup finals. Sure, that’s a problem. But there was literally a Situation.
Only three NHL teams have rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series, and just one – the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs – did it in the Stanley Cup finals.
Ilya Kovalchuk waited a decade for his first taste of NHL playoff success, and he’s not giving up his Stanley Cup dreams just because the Kings are making life tough for him.
It’s not about opening the show. It’s about closing it the right way.
The Devils had plenty of chances to score on Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, but they cashed in only one in their 2-1 overtime loss Wednesday night.
If Wednesday night’s Stanley Cup opener was played on the gridiron, everything for 60 minutes would have been from the 20-yard line to the 20-yard line.