Celebrate

Jeff Carter has had a renaissance of sorts in the playoffs. It’s not a strict renaissance, just a friendly reminder to the world that he is, in fact, a very good hockey player. He has been a solid citizen for the Kings all postseason long and hasn’t let up for the Cup final.

In game two, Jeff Carter not only scored the overtime winner, Jeff Carter scored the overtime winner without even looking at the damn net. The man has always been revered for his wrist shot, and this was just unfair. Again, he didn’t even look. His eyes are elsewhere. And he scored.

Proof.

Now, our astute readers will note that no series lead is safe and I’m sure the 2011 Vancouver Canucks would happily attest to that fact. But, realistically, the Kings have rolled through everyone in their path to this point.

On that note, do the Devils have a chance down 2-0?

Comments (6)

  1. Of course the Devils have a chance. Until they’re down 4 games, they’re still in it. Both games in this series have been hard fought battles that have gone to overtime, with the Devils driving the play for a large percentage of the time.

    That said, there’s plenty of reason to speculate the both the Devils’ intense forechecking style and the harder road they took to the SCF compared to the Kings have left them getting worn down as the games go into the final minutes.

    Really interested to hear what other people think on this. As a Kings fan, if the Devils could sustain that pressure for the full 60 minutes, I would be even more worried than I have been. I went into this series expecting the Devils to have to steal games. I’m just happy it seems LA has been able to steal them so far.

    • FWIW I think the Devils are still very much in this series and I feel that they deserved to win this game. That said, this is the type of game that can be a real back breaker for a team. You played well enough to expect to win, but didn’t get the result. At some point doubt has to start creeping in.

  2. “Teams winning both Games One and Two have won the Cup 41 of 44 times (93.2%).”
    (http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=31154)

    Now, I think that’s both inaccurate and out of date. It has another bit that shows comebacks from 2-0 down in a series, listing 1942 (Tor-Det), 1966 (Mtl-Det), 1971 (Mtl-Chi), and 2009 (Pit-Det) as the only times teams have come back from 2-0 down to win the cup. That is 4, and must either make the first stat 40 of 44 or 41 of 45. Then you add Boston last year and it becomes 5 times. But no matter, we do know it’s rare.

    Let’s look at those times too. 1942, Toronto lost the first two at home, as did Montreal in 1966. In 1971, Montreal lost the first two in Chicago, while Pittsburgh lost the first two in Detroit in 2009. Last season Boston lost the first two in Vancouver.

    So no team has won the cup after losing the first two games on home ice since 1966. It is generally more common for teams to come back from 2-0 down when they lose the first two on the road, but unfortunately I can’t find a stat to back that up. I don’t think NJ will do it.

  3. The odd thing is how the Kings played much better whenever they had the long change. True for both games, really, as both teams were horrible in Game One’s 1st, and then the Devils were better at the end of Game 3.

  4. I remember seeing a lot of “The Kings will get rusty, such loooooong layoffs” stories. Then they started winning and “rusty” became “fresh” and the Devils became “worn down.”

    To me it seems like the play has largely been even for games 1 and 2, because this is the NHL and these are highly-prepared and insanely-conditioned athletes.

  5. John Carlson did this too on his overtime goal in the 2010 WJC gold medal game. I’m surprised the no-look aspect hasn’t gotten more mention. All I’ve heard is one sentence from Aaron Ward before theTSN panel loved on.

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