Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: Breaking Down LA Kings’ Gameplan for Game 5

June 9th, 2012 by donald wood Leave a reply »
With Game 5 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday, June 9, the talk about how the Los Angeles Kings can put the New Jersey Devils away after taking a commanding 3-1 series lead is on everyone’s mind.

The Kings came into this postseason as the NHL’s dark-horse contender and have continued to play inspired hockey throughout the playoffs. Riding the hot streak of Jonathan Quick has been the biggest reason so far.

If Los Angeles wants to end this series now and take their Stanley Cup home, they must end the Devils comeback hopes before they get started. This is how the Kings will beat New Jersey in Game 5.


Push the Pace

The reason the Kings lost Game 4 in the first place was because they fell into New Jersey’s defensive trap system. With no pressure, the Devils played their style of capitalizing on mistakes while staying sure in their own end.

For Los Angeles to get back to their winning ways one final time, they need to use their young legs to push the offensive tempo. They need more bodies in the Devils' zone buzzing around Martin Brodeur, causing screens and deflections.< ...

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