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Tuesday, June 5, 2012



LAK:   A. Martinez (05:40 - 2nd) , A. Kopitar (15:07 - 2nd) , J. Carter (PPG, 04:15 - 3rd) , J. Williams (PPG, 06:47 - 3rd)

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

                 Last night in Los Angeles, it was another big Stanley Cup Final game for the Devils (as they were down 0-2 in the series and tried to avoid going down 0-3). Before the game, since it was the first Stanley Cup Final game in LA since 1993, Wayne Gretzky did the centennial puck drop between the two captains (Brown & Parise). Then it was time to play Hockey. There was no score in the first and the shots were 7-6 Devils. 5 minutes into the Second, King fired a shot from the slot and he was stopped,but he kept whacking a way at it and Brodeur fell as Martinez put home the rebound to make it 1-0 LA. 10 minutes later, Brown came in on a 2 on 1 and played the puck to Kopitar and he deflected a shot past Brodeur to make it 2-0.

              The shots in the second were 9-9. 4 minutes into the third, with La on a powerplay, Richards centred the puck to Penner, he was stopped but Carter was there to put home  the rebound to extend the lead. Williams would add another powerplay goal as the Kings take Game 3 by the score of 4-0. The shots in the third were 6-6 and overall were 22-21 New Jersey.'We're almost where we're trying to go, but we haven't won anything yet,'' captain Dustin Brown said. ''We know what we have a chance to do, though. Having an opportunity to win a championship here could get rid of a lot of frustration for a lot of people.'' In the win, Quick who has proven to be the NHLs best goaltender made 22 saves. In the loss, Brodeur made 17 saves.

               LA is the first team in NHL history to take 4 consecutive 3-0 series leads in all 4 rounds of the playoffs. If LA wins this series, they will be the first 8th placed team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup. ''Before the series, we felt like this could happen, but we didn't think it would,'' said defenseman Drew Doughty. ''This was definitely our best game of the series. I thought they took it to us in the first period, but we got a lot better.''The longest Cup run by an 8th seed team before the Kings was in 2010 by the Montreal Canadiens, as the Canadiens made it past the Capitals and the Penguins to advance to the conference Final where they were knocked out by the Flyers. Game 4 will be Wednesday night at 8:08 PM E.t and 5:00 PM P.T on CBC, NBC and RDS (French).

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

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