The Kings get challenged

Posted: 06/10/2012 by bc in Uncategorized

Momentum in the series shifted away from the Kings by the start of the third period in Game 5. The clincher for me was seeing Justin Williams shaking his head and talking to himself after Martin Brodeur stone cold robbed him on a point-blank opportunity in the low slot.

For the 1st time in these playoffs, momentum has shifted away from the Kings and to their opposition. Special teams!!!

From OCR Ducks page to everybody is echoing that tweet. It became obvious to when later in the third when Brodeur reached through a scrum of bodies and sticks to stop a low slapper from Drew Doughty.
ne guy talking to himself after a blown opportunity is frustration. Two guys and it’s evidence that Brodeur has taken up space inside the heads of the Kings players.

The Devils have won the majority of the physical battles. They have pummeled Dustin Brown to a point Coach Sutter moved him off the top line. Coach DeBoer has kept his own top line away from Sutter’s preferred match up of Doughty and Scuderi. Look for Deboer to use the quick hook to avoid the match up in L.A. where last change belongs to the home squad.

The Kings are now challenged and pushed to the wall with four chances to win the Stanley Cup. The have blown their first two opportunities. The Devils were the better team with the better goalie in both contests. As we’ve noted all along in these playoffs every Stanley Cup champion faces adversity somewhere. Winning the clincher, closing it out is the adversity these Kings must find some way to overcome. They’ve been thought to have been mostly lucky so far. Leafs goalie Johnny Bower once said, “You have to be lucky to be good and good to be lucky.”
The question of all of hockey is waiting to have answered now is, are these Los Angeles Kings good enough to make their own luck and beat these New Jersey Devils?


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