Stanley Cup Final 2012: Is It Time for the Los Angeles Kings to Panic?

June 9th, 2012 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »
The goaltending card between Martin Brodeur and Jonathan Quick has all but turned a full 180 degrees from its outlook over the first three games of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. And it’s looking much more like one would have been inclined to predict prior to the series based solely on the two stoppers’ experiential discrepancies.

New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise is finally on the board against the Kings after playing four pointless games in the series. Meanwhile, in Saturday’s Game 5, Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown’s only scoresheet entry was a penalty for holding the stick of Henrik Tallinder.

If one ever wants to consult any individual head-to-heads to serve as a microcosm in a team-versus-team breakdown, otherworldly goalies and world-class captains are two good places to go in hockey.

And the likes of Parise and Brodeur, as opposed to Brown and Quick, are personifying a frightful awakening on the part of the Devils, who with Saturday’s 2-1 victory have now whittled a 3-0 series deficit down to 3-2.

Devils fans old enough to remember the turn of the century were likely reminded of a play in Game 4 of ...

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