Stanley Cup Finals 2012: Devils' Stars Must Step Up to Even Series with Kings

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Stanley Cup Finals 2012: Devils' Stars Must Step Up to Even Series with Kings
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In a matter of three days, the New Jersey Devils have gone from potentially swept to suddenly relevant.

After falling behind 3-0 in the series to the NHL's most exciting postseason team, the Los Angeles Kings, the Devils are one win away from forcing a Game 7 at home.

New Jersey has gotten minimal production from their top forwards in the series, but Martin Brodeur has shown why he is the best goalie in the history of the NHL, coming up with huge save after huge save.

Facing elimination in Game 4 in L.A., New Jersey played its best hockey of the series and got the best of Kings' goaltender Jonathan Quick.

The Devils did a solid job of pressuring the Kings in the offensive zone and crashing the net, helping set up Patrick Elias' goal with 12 minutes left in the game.

Adam Henrique's top-shelf game-winning goal in Game 4 gave new life to a New Jersey team struggling to find its way against the No. 8 seed from the Western Conference.

For the third straight game, it's win or go home for New Jersey. Game 6 in L.A. will be the Devils' toughest challenge this season with nearly 19,000 rowdy fans waiting to hoist the Stanley Cup in Hollywood.

New Jersey has been resilient the last two games, and if it can withstand a hungry Kings team ready to close out the series, then Game 7 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. is only two days away.

If that's going to happen, Brodeur is going to need a little help from his friends.

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