For some reason, which we imagine revolves around arena availability and such, the NHL has provided for an interesting schedule for this year's championship finale.
The Devils and Kings recently completed games one and two of the Finals, a two game stint that included a two day break between games one and two, allowing the Kings we imagine to enjoy the sights and sounds of Newark and providing for an attention diverting absence from the sports cycle in the USA.
So, now that the series is moving to California, we are treated to some kind of Mad Max Like race across the continent, with Saturday's game two in Newark going to OT, the Kings were no doubt hoping that their flight would still be able to sneak out of New Jersey early, early Sunday morning (which it did).
The Devils chose to sleep in their own beds on Sunday morning, took to the air for the six hour flight later on in the day, all so both teams could be in place for game three on Monday night.
Two already travel weary teams, adding a mad dash and time zone, body altering shift to their to do list in pursuit of Stanley, a very strange way to run your Championship round one would think.
But, here we are, Game Three still on tap for Monday afternoon in LA, a 5 PM start for the west coast hockey fan who will challenge LA's notorious freeways at rush hour to make it for game time...
As for the hockey, the momentum is all on the side of the home side tonight, with two wins in their pocket, they can grab a stranglehold on the series with a game three win tonight. If the Devils can't find a way to put more than a goal a night behind Jonathan Quick, this series will be over in a fashion that his surname surmises..
Game Three-- New Jersey 0 at Los Angeles 4
Los Angeles leads the series 3 games to 0
Previews and Reviews
Los Angeles Times-- It's polished effort as Los Angeles Kings close in...
Los Angeles Times-- Kings face a battle of nerves heading into Game 4
Los Angeles Times-- Flush with excitement L. A. is ready to crown...
Los Angeles Times-- Kings one win away from Stanley Cup triumph
LA Daily News-- One more Kings miracle?
LA Daiily News-- Kings' Gagne makes timely comeback
LA Daily News-- These Kings are acing their Final exam
LA Daily News-- New Jersey tries to keep stiff upper lip after defeat
LA Daily News-- Captain Messier is a fan of captain Brown
LA Daily News-- LA Kings one win away from title...
Newark Star Ledger-- Who has been the biggest no show...
Newark Star Ledger-- LA Kings on verge of winning first Stanley Cup
Newark Star Ledger-- What disgusted you most about Game 3?
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils do nothing on power plays as Game 3 loss turns...
Newark Star Ledger-- For Devils, no shame in losing, unless it's like Game 3...
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils need to get goals from top forwards to have any hope
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils lose 4-0, now sit one game away from elimination
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils Game 3 brings back memories of original Kings owner
NY Post-- Devils routed by Kings, need victory to avoid Stanley Cup sweep
NY Post-- If that was max effort, Devils have no hope
NY Post-- Devils confident they can find "life" in Los Angeles
NY Daily News-- LA Kings beat NJ Devils goalie Martin Brodeur...
NY Daily News-- LA Kings fans hold up "Jersey Shore" cast member heads...
USA Today-- Kings blank Devils to close in on Cup
USA Today-- Kevin Allen's three stars of Stanley Cup Game 3
USA Today-- Kings' Gagne plays first game since December
USA Today-- Kings' Quick putting up historic numbers
Globe and Mail-- Kings blank Devils to move within one win of Stanley Cup title
Globe and Mail-- Gretzky gets Game 3 under way at Staples Center
Globe and Mail--
LA Times-- Yes, this Kings run is real, now breathe
LA Daily News-- Wait turns out to be worth it for Carter
LA Daily News-- Overtime is just like any other time for L. A.
Newark Star Ledger-- Are Devils at a disadvantage against much-traveled Kings?
Newark Star Ledger-- What's your pre game speech to the Devils before must-win Game 3?
Newark Star Ledger-- N. J. senators collect on bet with N. Y. counterparts ...
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils believe Stanley Cup finals are far from over
Newark Star Ledger-- Success in the Stanley Cup Finals has people in L. A. paying attention...
Newark Star Ledger-- Where's the best place in NJ to watch Devils-Kings game?
NY Daily News-- In Stanley Cup Finals NJ Devils have missed their opportunities
NY Daily News-- LA Kings appear to be team of destiny...
USA Today-- Soaring Kings have that unstoppable look
USA Today-- Stanley Cup Final Game 3 preview
Globe and Mail-- Can the Devils come back from down 2-0?
Globe and Mail-- Quick's standout play proves bedeviling
Globe and Mail-- Comedy show for hockey widows shoots well wide of net
National Post-- Kings succeeding despite punchless power play
National Post-- Devils so close and yet so far from Kings
National Post-- Kings' road streak alive, Devils in big hole..
Toronto Sun-- Hextall believes in the will to win
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