Stanley Cup Finals 2012: Can the Kings Close out the Devils in Game 5?

June 9th, 2012 by John Spina Leave a reply »
The New Jersey Devils finally found a way to get past Kings goalie Jon Quick in Game 4, defeating L.A. 3-1 and avoiding a finals sweep.  Nevertheless, with the series heading back to New Jersey, the Kings have played some of their best hockey on the road, and they'll look to end their nearly 45-year championship drought tonight. 

Despite ending Jon Quick’s streak of 139 minutes of shutout hockey, there is no reason to doubt the young goaltender and question the King’s chance of winning the Cup this evening.  However, at the other end of the ice, there is still good reason to believe in the Devils, as Martin Brodeur, the winningest goalie in NHL history, is also playing very well. 

Essentially, Game 6 comes down to whose offense can figure out the opposing goalie.

On paper, the Devils have a much stronger offensive group. Parise, Kovalchuk, Elias, Zajac and Henrique are all very talented and productive offensive players. However, the Kings have shown their young talent is more than capable of creating scoring opportunities, and Jon Quick has outplayed Martin Brodeur up to this point. 

The question is ...

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