Maybe 10 years ago when Martin Brodeur was still Martin Brodeur. Today, he's just a good goalie, and that's not good enough against the speed-infused, dazzling Kings.

Brodeur really isn't the only problem for the Devils. Problem No. 1 is Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, whose 1.36 goals against average and .950 save percentage are the best the NHL has seen in the playoffs since 1939.

Problem No. 2 in the Devils' chance to bring the series back to Newark is the number of former Flyers who developed a hatred for the Devils and their Hall of Fame goalie. Winning the Cup against the rival Devils will be even sweeter for them, especially after being discarded in Philly.

gblockus@tribune.com

Devils are doomed

Chris Kuc

Chicago Tribune

The 2012 Stanley Cup finals are turning out to be a Hollywood remake of the bad 1995 Western movie "The Quick and the Dead."

In this version, the Quick is Kings goaltender Jonathan, who has continued his dominating postseason run through the first three games of the series, and the Dead are the Devils' chances.

The Devils have the ability to win a game, but they won't. Quick and his cohorts are clicking on all cylinders. In addition to the goalie's acrobatics, the Kings are rolling four lines and playing stingy on the back end. Throw in a compete level that overshadows the Devils' and that's the script for a series sweep.

The Devils are facing a fate not seen since "Titanic" hit the big screen.

ckuc@tribune.com