The amazing, surprising, road warrior LA Kings won yet another road game last night at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. They are 10-0 on the road, and 14-2 overall in this 2012 playoff season. In the 25th overtime game of the GREAT 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs; the Kings won their second OT victory in as many games. It was the first time since 1961 the two opening games of the Stanley Cup Finals went to OT.
In game one LA carried a 1-0 late in the second period before the Devils tied it. They then won midway through the first OT period. Last night the Kings scored first yet again in the first period. The Devils tied it in the third. Kings forward Jeff Carter beat the Great Marty Brodeur at 13:42 of OT, thus allowing the Southern California hockey squad to return to LA up two games to none.
Game three is tomorrow night at 8 pm EST on NBC at the Staple Center. New Jersey is in unchartered territory. They have never been down by two games in the previous four finals they have been in. They beat Detroit in 1995 4-0, Dallas in 2000 4-2 and Anaheim in 2003 4-3. They lost to Colorado in 2001 4-3.
Although I’m rooting for the lunch pail gang from LA, I’m still not counting out Marty Brodeur and the Devils. The team once referred to as a “Mickey Mouse” organization by Wayne Gretzky has now become an organization that many other franchises would love to emulate. They will not go down without a fight.
I am now up to 69 games watched. Thank you NBC/NBCSN/NHL Network