NHL Stanley Cup Finals - Game 5 - Devils v. Kings
The Devils would not be dealt with in four games, and if they have their way the series will go to seven games ending in a New Jersey victory. New Jersey managed to break through Quick’s elite play, do it on the road and while threatened with elimination. But can they now do what LA failed to do? Can they win four games in a row to win the Stanley Cup?
That certainly seems unlikely given that LA won two overtime games to start the series. If LA can clinch it in a crunch, twice, they should be able to manage one more game at some point. The Kings have also been 10-0 on the road as of recently. Already 2-0 at the Prudential Center the Kings should not be shaken by the New Jersey crowd. In fact, neither team should be shaken by the other anymore; it comes down to good hockey now.
The Devils were successful in Game Four because they stayed focused and got the puck on the net. LA had twice as many shot attempts miss the net as did the Devils, clearly much greater pressure was put on Quick than Brodeur. The Devils also outhit the Kings and they managed their goals without the power play. The Kings for their part played well but lacked everything the Devils had, they missed breakaways and some even admitted to being unfocused coming into Game Four.
The Devils can definitely win again and for their sake let’s hope they can call that in for Game Five. Games One and Two were overtime losses for the Devils which always suggests evenly matched teams. Looking to Game Five the Devils will have their confidence back after scoring twice on Quick. They will also know they can out skate and out hit the Kings. But the Kings will be unfocused this game, if Game Four was anything it was a reality check. The Kings will come out hard and if they can get back to the spreading the work around as they did in the first two games; then they can win.