On Wednesday night the Los Angeles Kings take on the New Jersey Devils in game one of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals.
Just a season series recap, the Devils and Kings played twice during the regular season, as the Devils won both matches. New Jersey back-up goalie Johan Hedberg got the win in both games after Martin Brodeur injured himself in the first period of the first game these two team played against each other.
On to game one of the Stanley Cup finals which took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
During the first period the Kings scored the all important first goal, as the first period finish with just one puck in the back of the net. The Kings’ goal was scored by the only forward who has not scored for Los Angeles this post-season, Colin Fraser. All in all I think it was a poorly played period by both teams, great battle in the middle of the ice, but both team did have a great offensive for-check. There were only 10 shots in the first period (5 aside).
In the second period, after going the first 14-plus minutes of the second period without a shot on goal, the Devils finally were able to pressure the Kings and score to tie up the game. The Devils 1st goal of the Stanley Cup is courtesy of point shot from Anton Volchenkov, though realistically the last person to touch the puck was Los Angeles’ Slava Voynov .
The third period consisted of a higher level of physical play, great saves and a lot more scoring opportunities than what occurred in the first 40 minutes of play. The Devils had a glorious chance this period when defenseman Mark Fayne found himself with a wide open side of the net, but missed. The Kings best chance could of been when Mike Richards passed the puck to Drew Doughty in the slot, but was stone cold when Brodeur stacked his pads.
In the overtime period the Kings’ Anze Kopitar scored the game winning goal to take game one of the Stanley Cup Finals for the Los Angeles Kings.
My personal thoughts on this Stanley Cup series is I believe it will be a low scoring series. The first reason why is Brodeur and Jonathan Quick who have both been solid throughout the playoffs, especially when the time matters. Plus taking a look at the results of game one, shots on goal were relatively low with only 22 and 16 shots recorded through three periods. Also with the great amount of distance between these two cities, I would imagine that traveling will take a toll on the players to a degree. I personally will be cheering for the New Jersey Devils to win; if this is the season that Brodeur retires I would love this veteran to go out on top after a hall of fame career.
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