Monday, June 11, 2012

Stanley Cup Final Game Six -- New Jersey at Los Angeles -- June 11, 2012

If indeed the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs prove to be Martin Brodeur's farewell tour, then the New Jersey Devils goaltender is making the best of his time in the NHL sunset.  Brodeur has provided the one life line that his Jersey team mates can cling onto, staving off elimination twice now, through Brodeur's remarkable work on the New Jersey goal line, the Devils have clawed their way back from a 3-0 deficit and could with a win tonight, send the series back home to Newark, tied at three, with the advantage and momentum shift moving in the Devils favor.

To get there the Devils will need to add to the reliable Brodeur's efforts, something they suddenly have found the formula for the memory of their Game Three implosion now well behind them. The Kings on the other hand have struggled to close out a series that they seemed destined to win with relative ease just a few games ago.

From that pivotal and convincing victory of Game Three, the Kings have ceded some of the ice that they controlled with little difficulty in the first three games. The breathing space that they have allowed the Devils to take back, now runs the risk of changing the dynamic of a series that seemed all but over, now, as they say we have a series and should the Devils once again prove to be spoilers to the California party planning for Game Six, then all bets would be off as to which team will be carrying Stanley around at the end of the series.

A Devils win on Monday changes the dynamic of this series, shifting the focus of the potential first Stanley Cup for Los Angeles to the prospect of a team coming back from a 3-0 disaster to a historic gut check type of effort that would join the ranks of the very few in NHL history.

The fourth win is always the hardest one to accomplish in a Stanley Cup final, the Kings have had two chances to claim that victory, one more arrives tonight, should they fail to close out on home ice in Game Six, then the Devils we imagine shift from the underdog to the favourite in pretty short order.

Game Six-- New Jersey 1 at Los Angeles 6

LOS ANGELES WINS the series 4 games to 2

Previews and Reviews


Los Angeles Times-- Majestic moment for the Los Angeles Kings
Los Angeles Times-- L. A.'s new royalty, Kings turn tumult in Stanley Cup triumph
Los Angeles Times-- At last, the Kings have a Stanley Cup answer
Los Angeles Times-- Kings win the Stanley Cup with 6-1 victory over Devils
Los Angeles Times-- Kings' Jeff Carter silences all the doubters
Los Angeles Times-- Kings start blitz after Steve Bernier's boarding penalty
Los Angeles Times-- A long wait makes the Kings' Stanley Cup party sweeter
Los Angeles Times-- L. A. fans get ready to party like it's er, the first time
Los Angeles Times-- Kings' Dustin Penner learned what it takes to win the Cup with the Ducks
LA Daily News-- Reign dance: L. A. Kings win their first-ever Stanley Cup
LA Daily News-- Kings claim first Stanley Cup in 45 year history
LA Daily News-- Bernier, Devils crash at worst possible time
LA Daily News-- The real Quick? Not seen as on TV say teammates
LA Daily News-- Kings goalie Quick receives named playoff MVP
LA Daily News-- Banner day for Kings -- After 45 years, L. A. has its Cup
LA Daily News-- 'It's OK to cry' -- Kings and their fans drink it in
LA Daily News-- On ice-- A perfect ending for the L. A. Kings
LA Daily News-- Kings parade and rally to be held Thursday in downtown L. A.
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils proud that they never quit after falling in 3-0 hole against Kings
Newark Star Ledger-- One major penalty leaves Devils in despair and Kings as champions
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils must answer questions as they start to look toward next season...
Newark Star Ledger-- What was the worst moment of Game 6?
Newark Star Ledger-- Enduring legacy of Devils' Stanley Cup run is effect it had on fans, Newark
Newark Star Ledger-- Stanley Cup Finals are over and now questions about his future begin...
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils' Martin Brodeur will play next season, hopes to stay in New Jersey
Newark Star Ledger-- Steve Bernier deserves sympathy, not rage, for a penalty that will follow...
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils fans, hats off or fighting mad?
NY Post-- Devils dominated by Kings in Stanley Cup clincher
NY Post-- Pride not enough for Devils to prevail
NY Daily News-- LA Kings rock NJ Devils 6-1 in Game 6...
USA Today-- Kings beat Devils to win first Stanley Cup title
USA Today-- Boarding penalty leads to Kings' clinching win
USA Today-- No surprise: Jonathan Quick is playoff MVP
USA Today-- NBC's NHL Stanley Cup Final finally gets a TV ratings uptick
Globe and Mail-- Kings Jonathan Quick collects Conn Smythe Trophy
Globe and Mail-- Kings win Stanley Cup
Globe and Mail-- Credit officials for making tough call on Bernier game misconduct
Globe and Mail-- L. A. fans get their first drink from Lord Stanley's mug
Globe and Mail-- Aging Devil the saviour of a dreary NHL spring
Globe and Mail-- L. A. Kings' Stanley Cup win makes '20 million dreams' come true
Globe and Mail-- Devils comeback snuffed out in Game 6
Globe and Mail-- Kings will be able to reload under salary cap
Globe and Mail-- Mirtle takes your Stanley Cup questions
Sports Illustrated-- Crown the Kings: Los Angeles caps unlikley run with first Stanley Cup
Sports Illustrated-- Quick's breakthrough year, playoffs conclude with Conn Smythe...
Sports Illustrated-- Devils' Stanley Cup comeback ends with Game 6 loss to Kings..
Sports Illustrated-- Police act quickly to keep Los Angeles from violent celebrations


Los Angeles Times-- Kings' Stanley Cup momentum got thrown under a bus
Los Angeles Times-- Kings looking at the positive going into Game Six of Stanley Cup Final
Los Angeles Times-- New Jersey Devils' Bryce Salvador is peaking in post season
Los Angeles Times-- Now the Kings are feeling some heat in Stanley Cup Final
Los Angeles Times-- Kings must battle demons as well as Devils
LA Daily News-- Coach Darryl Sutter says Kings will 'move on' from past two defeats
LA Daily News-- LA Kings hope third time is charm against New Jersey Devils
LA Daily News-- Lombardi, Hextall seeking more than just one Stanley Cup Final run
LA Daily News-- Now would be a good time to start worrying
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils look to turn the other cheek as chippy exchanges arise
Newark Star Ledger-- Now that you know the Kings, who irks you most?
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils continue to find motivation with season on the brink
Newark Star Ledger-- This Devils-Kings series has the feel of Red Sox-Yankees in 2004
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils, halfway to the impossible, have made this Stanley Cup Final...
Newark Star Ledger-- Kings maintain confidence after Game 5 loss to Devils stalls....
NY Post-- Devils try to turn over new 'Leaf' in Stanley Cup history
NY Post-- DeBoer's Devils are class acts
NY Post-- They're half way to making history
NY Daily News-- NJ Devils thrive under pressure..
NY Daily News-- Devils try to become 2004 Boston Red Sox ...
USA Today--This time, Kings vow to block out distractions
USA Today-- Tallinder creates trouble for Kings
Globe and Mail-- Kings controlling play but missing their target
Globe and Mail-- Advice to L. A. Kings: Hide the porn actresses and limos at Stanley Cup
Globe and Mail-- Noose gets tighter around Kings' necks
Globe and Mail-- Brodeur muscles in on Quick's show

Previous items on this series

Game One
Game Two
Game Three
Game Four
Game Five

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