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Wednesday, June 6, 2012



NJD:   P. Elias (07:56 - 3rd) , A. Henrique (15:29 - 3rd) , I. Kovalchuk (EN, 19:40 - 3rd)
LAK:   D. Doughty (PPG, 08:56 - 3rd)

NJD: M. Brodeur (W)
 LAK: J. Quick (L)

          Earlier tonight in LA, the Kings had a chance to be the first team since the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 to win the Stanley Cup on home ice. There was no score in the first and the shots were 8-7 New Jersey. In the first period LA hit two goal posts. In the Second, there was still no score and the shots were 7-3 LA. 8 minutes into the third, Elias cut his way to the net and bumped into Quick as Salvador fired a shot from the point which was denied, but Elias put home the rebound to make it 1-0 Devils. Quick was not happy that the Refs didn't call a penalty on Elias and he let the refs know it. 55 seconds later, Clarkson hit Brown into the boards and it was a clean hit but the refs decided to call it boarding.

           In other words, it was a make up call for the non-call that resulted in the Devils lead. 2 seconds into the powerplay, Richards played the puck over to Doughty and he fired a one-timer home to tie the game. 6 and a half minutes later, Clarkson played the puck to Henrique and he fired a shot over the blocker of Quick to give the Devils the lead. Kovalchuk would add an empty net goal as the Devils stay off elimination with a 3-1 win. In the win, Brodeur made 18 saves. In the loss, Quick made 18 saves as well. In this game, the Devils were the better team as they were more hungrier and played to win.

          As for the Kings, it looked like they expected an easier game as they did what they don't usually do and that sit back and wait for opportunities.I think the series will end next game.Game 5 will be in New Jersey on Saturday night at 8:08pm E.t and 5:08pm P.t on CBC,NBC & RDS (French).

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

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