10:45 PM EDT, June 5, 2012
Can they score again?
Los Angeles Times
Wondering, actually, if Kings goalie Jonathan Quick will crack and allow another goal.
So far, it has been two in three games of the Stanley Cup finals against the Devils.
The only times the Kings have faltered in the playoffs have been in elimination games, in Game 4 of the opening round against the Canucks and Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Coyotes. They did finish off the sweep of the Blues, at home in Los Angeles.
Signs point to a Kings sweep. They have been superb at absorbing early waves of pressure, waiting and pouncing on the Devils' defense.
The only looming question: When Kings captain Dustin Brown gets handed the Cup, who does he hand it to? Quick or center Anze Kopitar?
Can ... but won't
Of course the Devils can win Game 4 to avoid a sweep to the rampaging Kings, but will they? That's another matter.
Perhaps, if iconic goalie Martin Brodeur can sip from the Fountain of Youth one more time or if their comatose 0-for-12 power play can locate an electrical outlet for a spark of life.
Maybe Devils coach Pete DeBoer could cast a spell on Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who has given up two goals on 72 shots this series.
But unless Dustin Penner and captain Dustin Brown morph into Dustin Hoffman or Devils $100 million bust Ilya Kovalchuk suddenly turns his zero points into goals, fuhgeddaboudit Joisey. Crown the Kings with their first Stanley Cup.
Too much Quick
Gary R. Blockus
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.
Devils are doomed
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.
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