NHL Stanley Cup Prediction: New Jersey vs Los Angeles in Game 6
Monday, June 11, 2012
New Jersey pulled out a 2-1 victory in Saturday's fifth game that handed the Kings their first road loss of the postseason, and their only back-to-back losses so far in the playoffs.
Devils netminder Martin Brodeur has been the catalyst for the comeback, allowing just two goals in his last two games.
- New Jersey Devils @ Los Angeles Kings
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, June 11, 2012
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBCS, CBC, RDS
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New Jersey Devils: New Jersey went from being a potential sweep victim to the first team since the 1945 Detroit Red Wings to force a sixth game in the finals after dropping the first three. The 40-year-old Brodeur was the difference in Game 3, stopping 25 shots to end the Kings' 10-game playoff road winning streak. ''That's how a goalie wins the game for you,'' said forward Zach Parise, who scored the game's opening goal for his first tally of the finals. Just as significant was New Jersey's ability to score with the man advantage. Parise's power-play goal with the Devils' first against the Kings after opening 0-for-15.
Los Angeles Kings: Dropping consecutive games for the first time in the postseason doesn't seem to have concerned Los Angeles all that much. "You're going to lose two games in a row," Kings defenseman Matt Greene said following Saturday's defeat. "That's why you work hard to win three. That's it. Right now, we've got the advantage going home. We've got to look at it like that and get our game going." Getting the offense going is paramount, with Los Angeles struggling through its first major power outage of the postseason. The Kings had 26 shots on goal in Game 5, but another 20 were blocked and 14 missed the net.
1. The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs are the only only team in history to force a seventh game after falling behind 3-0 in the Stanley Cup finals.
2. Brodeur's win Saturday was the 113th of his postseason career. Only retired great Patrick Roy (151) has more.
3. The Kings have only been modestly successful at home in the playoffs, going 5-3.
NHL HOCKEY PREDICTION: Kings 2, Devils 1.
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