The New Jersey Devils might just pull off the impossible.
The Devils beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals, moving one step closer to completing their miraculous comeback.
Despite going down 3-0 to the dominant Kings, the Devils have rebounded beautifully. After a strong performance in Game 4, they stepped up again in front of their home crowd.
Martin Brodeur put on a clinic in the net, and the Devils got goals from Zach Parise and Bryce Salvador.
The Kings now lead the series 3-2.
Tweets of the Night
Parise is answering tonight. He's everywhere, and has a goal.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) June 10, 2012
The seemingly ancient Martin Brodeur was excellent throughout the entire series, and ESPN's Pierre LeBrun thinks he was just as impressive as Jonathan Quick.
In my books, Brodeur, 40, has matched Vezina Trophy nominee Quick in this series, which I bet most people wouldn't have predicted beforehand— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) June 10, 2012
The always-fascinating Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace couldn't catch the game today. Apparently he's building a shanty in the woods.
Keep me updated on the pacquio fight , the game and kings game..I'm not around a tv today twitter.com/MettaWorldPeac…— Metta WorldPeace (@MettaWorldPeace) June 10, 2012
Ryan Phillips of Bleacher Report did see the game, and he wasn't a big fan of the officiating.
Dave Coulier of Full House fame found a nice little place in Milwaukee to catch the game. And Zamboni's patrons...you should be ashamed of yourselves.
— Dave Coulier (@DaveCoulier) June 10, 2012
The highlight of the night goes to Justin Williams for this nasty second-period goal.
Grades for Key Devils Players
Martin Brodeur: A
Brodeur was magnificent once again, stoning the Kings on multiple promising-looking attacks.
He saved 25-of-26 shots (96.2 percent) and survived a vicious onslaught from the Kings in the final minutes. It was another excellent performance from Brodeur, and if he keeps playing like this, the Devils may just be able to win this series.
Ilya Kovalchuk: C
Kovalchuk didn't do too much in Game 5, but given that he's been playing with a herniated disk in his back, I think we can cut the guy some slack.
He still has an NHL-leading 19 points this postseason, and if he can summon some energy in Game 6, he will give his team a huge boost.
Grades for Key Kings Players
Jonathan Quick: C
Quick made some uncharacteristic mistakes in Game 5, most notably his poor clearance that led to Zach Parise's opening goal.
He did save 89.5 percent of the Devils' shots, but with Brodeur playing lights out, Quick will need to be better in Game 6.
Anze Kopitar: B
Kopitar's line struggled again offensively, but the Kings leading scorer was a menace on defense. He shut down several New Jersey attacks, proving once again that he's one of the best two-way players in the game.
Unfortunately, he couldn't deliver another clutch play at the end. The Kings will need him to be stellar if they want to close out the series at home.
MVP: Zach Parise
Parise's goal gave New Jersey a huge confidence boost, and his activity throughout the game was key to their success.
It was the best game of the series for the New Jersey captain. If he can put together another performance like this, the Devils may be able to shock the world.
Game 6 will be Monday night in Los Angeles. The puck drops shortly after 8 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised live on NBC.
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