Devils vs. Kings: Live Blog, Highlights and Analysis of Stanley Cup Final Game 5
The New Jersey Devils host the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, with the Kings leading the Devils 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.
The Devils were able to win Game 4 in Los Angeles to stave off elimination, with a 3-1 victory, but must find a way to win again at 8 p.m. ET tonight to keep their season alive.
A win for the Kings and the hockey season is over. But a win by the Devils and the series returns to Los Angeles for a Game 6 on Monday.
If you can't get to a television or you're looking to enhance your immersion in the game before, during and after the game tonight, Bleacher Report has the game covered on this live blog and other pieces throughout the evening.
I'll be updating this throughout the afternoon and through the game—including the time leading up to the puck drop to get you all set with everything you need to know about tonight's contest.
That's it for me tonight. Keep it locked to Bleacher Report for continuing coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Remember Game 6 is Monday night 8pm Eastern Time.
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The Kings are hearing footsteps, whether they want to admit it or not.
The Devils are finding ways to win. They did it in Game 4 and they did it again tonight. They were helped out by a questionable penalty call, but great teams take advantage of the opportunities they are given.
The Kings are frustrated and they must discard this frustration from Game 5 immediately if they hope to bounce back at home in Game 6. Nobody wants to go back for a Game 7 after winning the first three games of a series.
The 67 year gap between a team losing three straight and then winning the next two games shows how rarely this happens and how unusual it is.
The Kings must refocus and the Devils must continue to play at the level at which they played tonight.
Throughout the first three rounds (and their first three wins in the Stanley Cup Finals), the Kings have been getting the bounces.
This game saw the Devils get two bounces that are long overdue as far as they're concerned.
The Kings outshot the Devils 25-17, but could not get enough traffic in front of Brodeur tie it up. When the Kings did get scoring chances, the Devils were there to block shots in front of their goaltender.
Brodeur came up with a couple saves that were just dandy saves and game savers at that.
The Kings problems can be solved by getting their goaltender to return to his crease instead of overplaying half of the shots he faces.
Jonathan Quick was badly out of position in this game, and his position cost him both of his goals.
On the first goal, Quick was out of the crease when there was a defenseman that was in the area to play the puck. Quick played the puck off the boards and couldn't get back to his net in time.
On the second goal, Quick wasn't in the middle of his net. Instead, he was leaning away from the middle of the crease.
Devils hang on to win this one tonight.
Kings had chances and plenty of them tonight, but it is the Devils that turned the tables in a low scoring game.
Doc Emrick, NBC broadcaster, reports that no team that has trailed 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Finals has forced a Game 6 in 67 years.
Time to break out the record books...
More analysis and thoughts coming up shortly.
Great puck movement by the Kings with the net empty on their end. The Devils won't let any shots through, and the shots that do get through aren't on goal, they're hitting the backside of the net.
8.8 seconds to go, face-off outside the zone after the puck deflects off a Kings' stick.
Quick to the bench for the extra attacker, under a minute to go.
Devils crash Quick's net and we're gonna play 4-on-4 for the last 1:36 of regulation.
Under two minutes to go here in New Jersey.
The Kings (attempting to get the puck deep) ice the puck. The face-off will come back to the Kings' end.
Big scrum on the ensuing draw and in front of the net.
Under five minutes to go here in New Jersey, times ticking away on the Kings and they haven't gotten any spectacular scoring chances since the early going here in the third period.
It'll be a tight finish here and expect the intensity to pick up once again.
Just over eight minutes to go here in the third period, still 2-1 Devils.
Story of this period is the hacking and whacking after the whistle.
The Devils' Martin Brodeur gets in the middle of a pile, and the Kings are beginning to lose their cool as they trail on the scoreboard and are being frustrated in the offensive zone.
The Kings were completely dominating the play here in the third period, out-shooting the Devils 5-0 this period.
But Dustin Brown just took a needless "holding the stick" penalty and the Devils will go back to the power play for two minutes.
Devils get a couple chances, but the Kings get the kill.
New Jersey kills the penalty, but the Kings are controlling the momentum. I mentioned the Devils need to contain the turnovers, but the Kings are turning the puck over as well.
Both teams are getting physical now, and some are on the border of penalties.
The referees have put their whistles away for the most part though, and that has to be for the benefit of the players.
Kings are dominating the play early in the third.
Devils have to limit the turnovers and most importantly: stay out of the box.
The Kings are too talented and do not need to be given extra space and time to make things happen.
The Devils have already been burned multiple times on the power play by the Kings in this series.
Devils just need to keep up their pressure, but not cede any neutral zone ice to the Kings. As for Los Angeles, they need to generate more speed in the neutral zone across the ice, as that's where a lot of their scoring chances come from.
Huge penalty killing by New Jersey in the last minute of the second period.
Carry over penalty time of 38 seconds into the third period.
A couple of big blocked shots by the New Jersey penalty killers in the dying seconds and Martin Brodeur keeping the Kings off of the board.
Devils lead at the second intermission 2-1.
Shots 16-16, hits are in New Jersey's favor at 25-17.
Bryce Salvador gets two minutes for high sticking Simon Gagne.
Kings back to the power play here...
The Kings must be counting their lucky stars that they're still in this game.
Parise misses a wide open net, and then young Ryan Carter can't bury it in the open net.
Kings still lead in the scoring chances, but the Kings are playing with fire in terms of how out of the crease Jonathan Quick is playing.
Devils are starting to get some offensive zone time.
After the Kings pressured Brodeur down at one end with a couple shots, the Devils' fourth line got the cycle going and they seem to have something going in that line.
Now the Kings Stoll-Lewis-King line gets some similar cycle pressure going on, but a frozen puck in the corner stops the play and relieves the pressure.
Mark Fayne took a penalty for puck over glass (delay of game) and the Devils almost paid for it.
Brodeur made a save on a point shot and Jarret Stoll tapped the puck out of the air and into the net.
The goal was waved off though because Stoll's stick was above the crossbar.
Devils complete the penalty kill, still leading....for the moment.
The New Jersey Devils just took a 2-1 lead folks.
They must have a shamrock or something in their locker room because this goal couldn't happen again if you tried.
A Bryce Salvador point shot gets tipped in front of the net twice.
Once by David Clarkson. The second time by Kings' defenseman Slava Voynov. Jonathan Quick was leaning away from the middle of the net.
The puck went the other way.
Dustin Brown seems to be having a rough shift to go with his rough couple of games.
Brown took a hit from Kovalchuk and was knocked down moments later by David Clarkson.
Going back to that goal though, there has to be someone to meet Justin Williams over the line. Williams took a pass on his own side of center ice from Matt Greene and went untouched over the Devils line.
Brown (on one of his better shifts) went to the net, and caused a big-time screen with two Devils' defenders that prevented Brodeur from seeing the puck.
Justin Williams befuddles the New Jersey Devils defense at the line and the back off him.
Williams walks in rips a shot past Brodeur and scores!
1-1 game now.
Just a statistic to chew on, the Kings win 71.4 percent of the time when they give up the first goal.
Underway here in the second period.
Some early thoughts:
If Jonathan Quick was a gambler, he would go all in on every hand.
This guy has a great defense to bail him out, but how far he comes out of his crease to cut down the angle on the shot is unbelievable.
The Devils caught Quick 10 feet out of his crease, but because of the mad scramble of bodies, no one could find any room to put it in the net.
Just about 17 minutes to go here in the second period.
I talked earlier about how these teams must take advantage of the chances they have been given.
The Devils captain Zach Parise capitalized on his chance behind the net, but the Kings have not capitalized on the boatload of chances that they have been given.
Most of the chances have been forced, but some have been complete lapses of mental judgment by the Devils.
Martin Brodeur has stood tall and made the saves that he has needed to make to keep his team ahead on the scoreboard.
If the Devils continue to turn the puck over at this rate, they will severely handicap themselves for the rest of this game.
Parise leads the NHL in the playoffs with 84 shots.
It's a good things he found the back of the net with that last shot, as he had not registered a point in this series.
Parise's goal is big for the Devils as Kovalchuk was struggling mightily although Kovalchuck did get an "assist".
Ironic though, as Jonathan Quick was the last to touch the puck.
End of the first period here in Newark.
Shots 7-4 Kings, hits are 13-10 Devils.
A couple things about that goal. I talked about awareness in puck-handling earlier.
Quick tried to clear the puck behind his own net, but he didn't get anything on the puck, it hit the boards in the trapezoid and bounced right to the waiting stick of Zach Parise who took it from his back-hand and brought it to his fore-hand before Quick could get back in the net.
The Kings had been perfect on the penalty kill before this penalty, but it's not what your percentage is, it's whether you can get the big kill when you need it.
They had killed almost the entire penalty, but one mental error and the puck was in the back of the net.
Still too many quality scoring chances for the Kings if you're a Devils fan. The Kings have been able to breakout almost at will and get shots off of the rush.
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