The Los Angeles Kings haven't earned their crown yet.
The New Jersey Devils delivered an inspired performance in Game 4 to beat the Kings, 3-1.
It was a brilliant game from the Devils, who got the win behind some magical goalkeeping from Martin Brodeur and goals from Patrick Elias, Adam Henrique and Ilya Kovalchuk.
The 2012 Stanley Cup Final will now shift back to New Jersey, where the Devils will again try to stave off elimination.
The Kings lead the series 3-1.
Tweets of the Night
It was a packed house in the Staples Center, as the Kings' official Twitter feed pointed out.
18,867 in the buildin tonight. New Kings @STAPLESCenterLA record.
— LA Kings (@LAKings) June 7, 2012
With the ancient Martin Brodeur stepping up, Bleacher Report's own Nicholas Goss declared him the MVP of the first two periods.
Martin Brodeur has been the MVP of Game 4 thus far. He's making some huge saves for the #Devils right now.
— Nicholas W. Goss (@NicholasGoss35) June 7, 2012
CROM! You have imbued Marty with the power of steel! Now give the @NHLDevils the fire! Give them goals!
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) June 7, 2012
Basketball writer Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk was hoping for some Kings goals during halftime of the night's NBA playoff game. Based on his grammar, he may have gotten a head start on that champagne.
Okay Kings, get me some goals during halftime. We need to drinking champagne out of that cup tonight.
— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) June 7, 2012
With the action heating up late, Erin Andrews of ESPN captured everyone's emotions in a few simple words.
— Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) June 7, 2012
The highlight of the night goes to Brodeur for this nasty save in the third period.
Grade for Key Devils Players
Martin Brodeur: A
The legendary Brodeur dipped into the fountain of youth tonight, saving 21 of 22 shots (95.5 percent). If Brodeur continues to play this well, the Devils may be able to pull off the miracle comeback.
Ilya Kovalchuk: C
Kovalchuk was virtually nonexistent for most of Game 4, which made him the subject of some intense Twitter wrath. Of course, a guy can only do so much with an injured back.
I'll cut Kovalchuk some slack since he's clearly not healthy. You also have to give him some props for draining the empty-netter at the end to bury the Kings.
Grade for Key Kings Players
Jonathan Quick: B+
Quick was phenomenal for most of the game, but he surrendered two goals at the worst possible times. He still saved 21 of 23 shots, but those goals by Elias and Henrique will haunt him for at least the next few days.
Anze Kopitar: B
Kopitar was active throughout, but he couldn't save the Kings this time. He did win 12 faceoffs and he assisted on the Kings' lone goal, but it wasn't enough to secure the title.
Kopitar will need to step up for L.A. to end the series in Game 5.
MVP: Martin Brodeur
Most of the Devils played well, but they would have had no shot at winning without Brodeur's incredible net work. If the 40-year-old can keep turning back the clock, he'll give his team a chance at pulling off the impossible.
Game 5 will take place Saturday in New Jersey. The puck will drop shortly after 8 p.m. ET and the game will be televised live on NBC.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!