Noteworthy is a feature blatantly ripped off from Trey Kerby and The Basketball Jones crew that catches you up on everything you need to know from the night before in the NHL.
Devils/Kings, Devils won 3-1
Series: 3-1 Los Angeles
Missed opportunity: The Kings had a chance to hoist the Stanley Cup on home ice last night, but were taken down 3-1 by the Devils. The last team to win the Stanley Cup at home? The Anaheim Ducks in 2007. It’s not impossible that it could happen this year, but I’m thinking the Kings go to 11-0 on the road on Saturday and win it in Jersey.
Decent rookie season: Adam Henrique scored the Game 7 OT winner to put away the Florida Panthers in round one. Then he scored the OT winner to put away the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the third round. Then, with his team’s backs against the wall, he shaved his badass goatee (leaving just the mustache), and went on to score the game winner with just over four minutes left in the third to extend the series. What a year.
Lopsided: When Patrick Elias scored to put the Devils up 1-0 last night, it was the first time the Devils had a lead in the entire series. That lasted all of 62 seconds, as Drew Doughty scored right after.
Comeback: unlikely: The Devils have a pretty huge mountain to climb if they hope to win the Cup this year – the only team to ever come back in the Finals after being down 0-3 is the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs. For more on how that went, check out Ellen Etchingham’s post from yesterday.
Resilient: When the Devils don’t win the Stanley Cup, they rarely get rolled over. Winning last night extended a streak for them – they haven’t been swept in 43 straight series.
Power outage: The Devils are 0 for 14 on the powerplay in the Finals, largely because the Kings, shockingly, are wise to the game plan of “pass it to Kovalchuk, who’ll scrape the ceiling with his backswing on a one-timer and hammer it into whatever’s directly in front of him.” They really need to find a way to get some different looks.
He’s a regular: Peter Sykora has now played in six of the last 12 Stanley Cup Finals, which is likely infuriating to guys who toil on bad teams their entire careers.
Quite the run: Jonathan Quick had a shutout streak of 139 minutes and 39 seconds before Patrick Elias scored.
Also quite the run: Prior to the Devils hanging three on the Kings in the third last night, LA had only been scored on once in nine previous third periods.
Wait, who?: Bryce Salvador continued his ridiculously good post-season with the following line: two assists, plus-two, a shot, a block, four PIMS, five hits, and a takeaway in 20:17 of ice.
* New Jersey is 9-2 in playoffs when scoring first
* Last night was the LA Kings 200th playoff game, all-time
* Dustin Brown had a whopping five turnovers last night, and both Jeff Carter and Willie Mitchell were dash-three. Not great numbers from your leaders.
* The Devils piled up a whopping three shots in the second period. Obviously the third went better.
One more, at least: Game 5 will be played in the Prudential Center in New Jersey, Saturday June 9th at 8 p.m. ET. See ya then!