2012 Stanley Cup Finals: Kings Win Stanley Cup With 6-1 Win Over Devils In Game 6

New Jersey fails in bid to become the first NHL team since 1942 to win the Stanley Cup after trailing 3-0 in the Finals

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2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Steve Bernier, More Devils Reaction

The New Jersey Devils bid to win the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup ended in defeat Monday at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings. Here is some of the reaction to the defeat, including Steve Bernier's thoughts on the game-changing five-minute major penalty he took.


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2012 Stanley Cup finals -- New Jersey Devils' Steve Bernier must live with infamous hit - ESPN New York
The New Jersey Devils will board a cross-country flight back to Newark, battling the bitter pangs of defeat, but no player will quite understand the devastating effects of the team's season-ending 6-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings like fourth-line forward Steve Bernier.

Bernier couldn't even bear to watch his team try to climb out of a three-goal hole after the was ejected from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals for a hit that will be remembered in team history as one of the costliest ever.

After showering and dressing in an empty locker room, Bernier was left to distinguish the team's ever-growing deficit with each deafening cheer that erupted as the Kings capitalized on L.A.'s five-minute power-play with three goals.

"I didn't watch it. I stayed here, tried to listen to the crowd, but it was very hard, for sure," Bernier said. "I wish I could take that play back."

Devils disappointed in falling short in Finals, but proud of how far they came this season
It was a disappointing, anticlimactic end to what otherwise was a dream season for the Devils.

They went from a team that was tied for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference at the all-star break to within two wins of the Stanley Cup. In the end, though, falling in the 3-0 series hole against the Kings in the Finals proved to be too much to overcome.

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As any locker room would be after coming so close to the ultimate prize, the Devils were downtrodden and frustrated after their 6-1 loss to the Kings in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

After falling into a 3-0 series hole, the Devils fought back to do what no team had done to the Kings throughout the postseason -- beat them twice in a series. It turned out that early hole was too much to overcome, but looking at the big picture, the Devils saw a silver lining in their season.

"We have to be really proud of what we accomplished," Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur said. "Not just in this series, but in the whole playoffs, the whole year. We took down two of our biggest rivals, with the Flyers and Rangers. We made this a series after losing the first three games. It's definitely disappointing not to go all the way, but it's definitely a great season for the Devils.

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My most enduring image of the Devils' run in these Stanley Cup playoffs will not be Steve Bernier crunching Rob Scuderi on the boards, or the glazed look in Martin Brodeur's eyes as the L.A. Kings put a three-goal punctuation mark on their championship season last night after Bernier's penalty.

It will not be one black-shirted King after another, hoisting and kissing the trophy, long after our beaten team left the ice.

What I'll remember most is the street celebration at the corner of Edison Place and Mulberry Street in Newark, minutes after Adam Henrique poked in the overtime goal that gave the Devils the East banner and abruptly ended the season of the New York Rangers.

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2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Devils Vs. Kings: 'The Hockey World Pretty Much Wrote Us Off,' Says DeBoer

When the New Jersey Devils trailed the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 in the best-of-seven 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals Devils coach Peter DeBoer knows “the hockey world pretty much wrote us off.”

Why wouldn’t they? Only once before in NHL history has a team come back from a 3-0 deficit to win the Cup, and that was 70 years ago when the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs did it.

The Devils can even the series with a victory Monday night in Los Angeles. If they lose, the season is over and the Kings will be hoisting the Cup. If they win, Game 7 is in New Jersey.

“We believe in ourselves and the guys in the room. We want to keep playing. Through the playoffs, all the team has gotten stronger I think every round as each series has gone deeper. It shows again here,” said Adam Henrique. “Obviously, you’re in a hole, backs are against a wall really, but we just kept playing and we believed that we could do this, we could win.”

The Devils are beginning to make other people believe it, too.

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2012 Stanley Cup Finals, Devils Vs. Kings: Game 6 Preview, TV Info And More

The New Jersey Devils continue their quest to defy history and all odds that say a team down 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Finals can't come back to win it. Game 6 is Tuesday night and Devils' confidence has to be through the roof, since they were able to defeat the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 without necessarily outplaying them the entire way.

Only once in NHL history -- the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1942 -- has a team won the Cup after trailing 3-0 in the Finals.

"I don't look at it as what a great accomplishment to be in, a 3‑0 hole and to claw your way back out. We're trying to win a Stanley Cup. If I had my way, we would have never got in that hole.," said Devils coach Peter DeBoer.
"I didn't feel we deserved to be in that hole. That was the hand we were dealt. We made a little bit of our own bed there and now we're stuck with trying to get out of it."

If the Devils on the brink of forcing a decisive Game 7 that would bring the decisive game back to New Jersey and place all the pressure on L.A.

Here is the Game 6 schedule and broadcast information:

Date/Time: Monday, June 11, 8 p.m. ET

Location: Staples Center

TV: NBC

Read more about the New Jersey Devils at In Lou We Trust and head over to Jewels From The Crown for the Kings fan perspective.

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2012 Stanley Cup Finals, Devils Vs. Kings: Peter DeBoer Reaction To Game 5 Victory

The New Jersey Devils have now officially made the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals interesting again. Saturday's 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings closed the Devils series deficit to 3-2 as New Jersey tries to become the first NHL team since 1942 and only the second in NHL history to win the Cup after trailing 3-0 in the Finals.

Game 6 is Monday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (8 p.m. ET, NBC).

DeBoer doesn't want to talk about making history.

"We're not thinking that far ahead. We've got to win another game in order to keep playing," DeBoer said Saturday after the Game 5 victory. "I said all along that our group has a confidence in itself. We didn't feel we belonged in the hole we were in. We felt if we kept playing and got some big performances that we could climb out of it. We're slowly doing that. But we've got some work left to do.

"There's only two games left in a season where both teams are going on a hundred and probably ten games. So this is probably right where you want to be."

After where they were a few days ago -- with many thinking they would be home for the summer by now -- that is undoubtedly the case.

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Devils Vs. Kings Final Score: New Jersey Extends Stanley Cup Finals With 2-1 Victory

It wasn't easy, but the Devils aren't finished yet.

New Jersey defeated the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night by a score of 2-1, taking Game 5 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals and closing the series gap to 3-2.

The Devils struck first on a Zach Parise goal 12 minutes and 45 seconds into the game. The Kings hit an equalizer early in the second period, but New Jersey's Bryce Salvador scored later in the period in what would end up being the go-ahead goal.

The Devils and Kings played through a scoreless but physical third period that ended with each team a man down after penalties were assessed to Los Angeles left wing Dustin Penner and New Jersey left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky. The Kings were unable to connect on a goal in the game's final seconds and New Jersey held on for the victory.

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Game 6 will take place on Monday at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be played at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Stick with this Storystream for game five updates, scores, reactions and more. For your other New Jersey Devils needs, head over to In Lou We Trust. If the Kings are your team, check out Jewels From The Crown.

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2012 Stanley Cup Finals, Devils Vs. Kings Game 5: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The New Jersey Devils successfully fought off elimination from the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, beating the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 Wednesday night. They are still down 3-1 in the series, and will have to keep winning at home if they want to stay alive. The home ice advantage might not mean much; the Kings are 10-0 on the road in the 2012 playoffs, including two overtime wins in New Jersey in the first two games of the series.

Coming back from a 3-0 deficit has only happened once, with the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs beating the Detroit Red Wings. New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer has taken a positive attitude towards this, asking "Why not us?" If they want it to be them they'll need another strong performance out of Martin Brodeur, and more of the offense Patrik Elias, Adam Henrique, and Ilya Kovalchuk provided in Game 4.

Television Coverage: NBC

Time: 8 p.m. ET

Location: Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.

Stick with this Storystream for game five updates, scores, reactions and more. For your other New Jersey Devils needs, head over to In Lou We Trust. If the Kings are your team, check out Jewels From The Crown.

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2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Devils Vs. Kings: Peter DeBoer Says 'Why Not Us?'

Only once in NHL history has a team rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the Stanley Cup Finals to win Lord Stanley’s Cup. That was way back in 1942, when the Toronto Maple Leafs pulled it off, rallying past the Detroit Red Wings.

New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer is taking the positive approach to that bit of history as his team prepares for Game 5 of the 2012 Finals against the Los Angeles Kings at the Prudential Center in New Jersey.

“You know it’s going to happen again. So why not us?,” said DeBoer. “I think that’s the approach. You’re not going to go 200 years without someone else doing it. So it’s been long enough, it might as well be us.”

DeBoer continues to say his team, down 3-1, thinks it can win the Cup.

“Our focus hasn’t wavered. I think our composure as a group, again starting with Marty. But our guys believe. Our guys believe we can win three or four games in a row,” DeBoer said. “We’re not done until they tell us we can’t play any more.”

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2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Game 4: Martin Brodeur Reacts To Devils' Victory

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur was seemingly in a jovial mood during his press conference following New Jersey’s season-extending 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 on Wednesday night.

“We’re pretty happy to live another day. There’s no doubt about that,” Brodeur said. " I think we wanted to make them jump on a plane and come to New Jersey. We had to go anyway. Might as well get a game over there.

“But I think it’s a tough situation, you know, for us to be in. We pulled it off, one game. We’ll take it one game at a time. But I’m sure they’re not happy to make that trip. We’ll try to make it miserable for them again.”

Brodeur echoed the sentiments of coach Peter DeBoer, saying the Devils finally got rewarded for the effort on Wednesday night.

“We feel that we’ve been playing really well this series, but with zero result,” Brodeur said. “We just wanted to do more of the same.”

The Devils also finally got a couple of breaks, with two Los Angeles shots clanging off the crossbar in the first period.

“We haven’t got these breaks much this series,” Brodeur said. “It’s nice to have them on our side, especially early.”

Game 5 is Saturday night at the Prudential Center in New Jersey.

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NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Devils Vs. Kings Game 4: Peter DeBoer Reaction

After his team won Game 4 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night, staving off elimination, New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer said he did not see much difference between that game and the three losses his team has suffered to the Los Angeles Kings.

Other than the outcome, of course.

“Not a whole lot different. We found a way to get the first goal. We found a way to keep momentum. We didn’t play any harder. I mean, I think the chances were relatively even again tonight, like they have been most of the games,” DeBoer said. “We finally got rewarded. Like I said, I’ve liked our game and our efforts the last three games. We just haven’t found a way to win until tonight.”

The Devils still trail in the series 3-1, with Game 5 Saturday in New Jersey.

“We’ve been in adverse spots before where we’ve played two or three games and haven’t got rewarded because of either hot goaltending or we’ve taken too many penalties. We know we’ve just got to stick with it and it will turn. And it did tonight,” DeBoer said. “We’ve got to take it home and take care of business now and win another one.”

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2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Peter DeBoer Reacts To Game 3 Loss

After Monday nights 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup finals, which put his team in a 3-0 hole, New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer simply gave credit to the Kings.

“You have to give their goalie [Jonathan Quick] and their team some credit. You know, he’s made some saves. We put up the same number of chances against Philly, the Rangers, we’re getting some goals,” DeBoer said. "We’re not this series. That’s a credit to them. It’s not that our guys aren’t trying or not doing enough. They’re shutting the door.

“The frustrating part is you’re creating some quality chances, you’re getting some quality shots, and they’re not going in.”

The Kings can put the Devils out of their misery in Game 4 on Wednesday night at the Staples Center. A win by Los Angeles would clinch the Stanley Cup for the Kings.

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2012 Stanley Cup Finals, Kings Vs. Devils: Credit Being Given To Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Kings were seemingly flawless Monday in their 4-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Devils now trail in the best-of-seven series 3-0, and are on the brink of elimination if they can't earn a win in Game 4 (8 p.m. Et on NBC).

However, the feeling for New Jersey Devils fans is that this series is basically over, and most of the credit needs to go to the Kings thinks the SB Nation blog In Lou We Trust:

Credit Where Credit is Due: I'd like to pre-congratulate the Los Angeles Kings. They've been a buzzsaw in these playoffs and tonight, they further showed that they are simply a high quality team. Quick was seemingly everywhere tonight. The defense allowed a lot of attempts but only a fraction got on target; holding the Devils to 22 was quite a feat. Their penalty kill has been the best in the playoffs and they had a brilliant performance tonight. The only thing they didn't do was score a shorthanded goal.

The Devils will need to earn three straight victories to force a Game 7, for this to happen the Devils need to be better on the special teams:

Before this series began, I had a feeling special teams could make a big difference in the Stanley Cup Finals. Well, they certainly did. I didn't expect the Kings going 2-for-2 in a single game. I certainly didn't expect the Devils to go 0-for-12 on the power play in the first three games and tonight's 0-for-6 performance was simply pathetic. If Game 2's power plays were embarrassing, then we need a new word for tonight's power plays.

The Stanly Cup Final resumes Wednesday, check back to this SB Nation New York Stanley Cup Finals StoryStream. You can find more entertaining reading on the SB Nation NHL Hub Page. For the Devils perspective, check In Lou We Trust. For the Kings perspective, visit Jewels From The Crown.

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Kings Vs. Devils, Stanley Cup Finals 2012 Game 3: New Jersey Falls, 4-0, Monday Night

The New Jersey Devils lost 4-0 to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night during Game 3 of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals to go down 3-0 in the series. New Jersey had no answer for Jonathan Quick, who had 22 saves to earn his second straight shutout victory in front of a wild Staples Center crowd.

The Kings were spectacular all over the ice. Not only did they light up Martin Brodeur and the Devils on the scoreboard, they were also perfect on special teams. The Devils went 0-for-6 on their power play chances, including a minute-long 5-on-3 in the first period after Mike Richards was called for a four-minute double minor for high-sticking Adam Henrique.

After a scoreless first period, the Kings got on the board in the second with a controversial goal in the crease by Alec Martinez. Anze Kopitar made the score 2-0 on a one-timer off a nice pass by Dustin Brown.

Jeff Carter and Justin Williams put the Kings up 4-0 in the third period with powerplay goals on LA's only two opportunities of the game.

Brodeur finished with 17 saves on 21 shots faced. Zach Parise had four shots on goal for the night, including a golden opportunity during the 5-on-3 in the first period. Quick, of course, came through with the kick save to help preserve the shutout.

New Jersey is one loss from elimination. Game 4 of the series will take place Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET at the Staples Center.

SB Nation New York has a host of previews and analysis for your in our Stanley Cup Finals StoryStream. You can find more entertaining reading on the SB Nation NHL Hub Page. For the Devils perspective, check In Lou We Trust. For the Kings perspective, visit Jewels From The Crown.

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2012 Stanley Cup Finals: Devils Try To Remain Confident

The New Jersey Devils are in a must-win situation entering Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals Monday night (8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network). Having lost the first two games of the series at home New Jersey needs a victory in Los Angeles to have a chance of making this a competitive series.

The Devils are trying to remain confident.

Goaltender Martin Brodeur said the team will lean on its experience throughout the playoffs, during which New Jersey has trailed at some point in every series thus far.

“We thought we played well, but couldn’t get ahold of the series till late in the series. We have to keep the same attitude,” Brodeur said. “We’re in the Stanley Cup Finals. One way or the other, it’s going to be over soon. Might as well go all out and see what that is going to bring us.”

Zach Parise said a victory Monday gives the Devils a chance.

“We’re in a tough situation right now. We really need to get that game tomorrow [Monday]and go from there,” Parise said. “I still think we feel, with us not being on top of our game for both of those games, we had a chance. It could be 1‑1 or 2‑0. It’s not. We’re in a tough spot down 2‑0.”

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2012 Stanley Cup Finals, Kings Vs. Devils Game 3: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

It's basically do-or-die for the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.

After losing both games at home, the Devils now face the daunting proposition of having to win Game 3 on the road against the red-hot Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals.

While being down 2-0 in a series is never good, New Jersey can hang its hat on the fact they've lost two overtime games. The Devils have only been a few bounces of the puck away from wins. However, time is running out for them to make something happen in the Finals.

"You have two 2‑1 overtime games. Shots are relatively even. Scoring chances are relatively even through two games. I mean, we could be in a different situation. We're not. You have to give L.A. credit for finding a way to win those two games," said New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer. "We know we can play with them and we feel we have another level to go to here."

Give the Kings all the credit in the world for being one of the hottest teams in Stanley Cup playoff history. They became the first team to win 10 straight road games in a single postseason with Jeff Carter's overtime winner on Saturday evening in Game Two.

Jonathan Quick has been brilliant in the first two games and will need to be again with New Jersey absolutely desperate for a victory. The American goaltender has only allowed two goals in as many games, looking solid throughout both affairs. In fact, he's yet to be beaten clean with a straight shot.

Martin Brodeur has perhaps been even more incredible considering the difficulty of shots he's faced, but hasn't had the goal support to find a win.

He needs the stars on his side to show up. Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise, Patrik Elias and David Clarkson have all combined so far for zero points. It's simply not good enough on a team trying to win a Stanley Cup.

TV: NBC Sports Network

Time: 8 p.m. ET

For more on the Stanley Cup Finals and the Devils, please be sure to check out our blog In Lou We Trust and SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates.

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2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Devils Vs. Kings: Ilya Kovalchuk Remains Defiant

The New Jersey Devils are down 2-0 entering Game 3 Monday night on the road vs. the Los Angeles Kings. Devils star Ilya Kovalchuck is not conceding the series to the Kings, however.

We [are] not going to give up. We [are] in the finals for a reason," Kovalchuk said during a Sunday press conferenc. "We just have to go out there and try our best and try to get a win.

"It's not easy. But we were good on the road all year long. We're just going to go out there, like I said. We're two games down, but we didn't lose everything yet. We have to have four wins to get a Cup. Does not take just two."

The Devils would, of course, have to win four-of-five to win the Stanley Cup now. Kovalchuk, though, tried to remain upbeat.

"It's not hard to believe. We're going to take it one game at a time. It takes four games to win the series, not two, not three, not one," Kovalchuk said. "They were good the first two, but we'll see what's going to happen."

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2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Game 2: Peter DeBoer Reacts

The New Jersey Devils did everything they could during the regulation portion of Game 2 of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals. Except, of course, win the game.

The Devils outshot the Los Angeles Kings, 30-21, in regulation but the score was only 1-1. In overtime, the Kings got the game-winner from Drew Doughty for a 2-1 victory and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Games 3 and 4 will be in Los Angeles, so the Kings now have a huge advantage in the series.

“Yeah, it’s tough. But, you know, you can’t feel sorry for yourself. We played a much better game,” said Devils coach Peter DeBoer. “I knew we would respond. We did in the right way. You know, came up one goal short.”

Game 3 in Monday in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET, with Game 4 on Wednesday at 8 p.m. If the Devils don’t win one of those games they won’t be coming home for Game 5.

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2012 Stanley Cup Finals, Devils Vs. Kings: Deju Vu Meets Heartbreak

Just about 14 minutes into overtime of Game 2 of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final, the New Jersey Devils allowed the game-winning goal by the Los Angeles Kings' Jeff Carter and now have fallen behind 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

This was the second time in as many games, the Devils lost in overtime to a score of 2-1 and the SB Nation blog In Lou We Trust can't understand how it happened:

The Devils out-shot the Kings in regulation 30-21 and they finished positive in possession. Yet, they couldn't get a second goal in the third period after a Ryan Carter deflection tied the game up at one. The Devils came close, the most agonizing was seeing Ilya Kovalchuk hit the crossbar on a (possibly deflected?) shot within the final minute.

In the end, the results was another heartbreaking loss:

I can understand some confusion over why I say this loss is a heartbreaking. After all, the play in overtime wasn't really close. Credit the Kings for pinning the Devils back several times and eventually getting an open lane through traffic to win a one-shot game. It's because of the result and what happened in regulation that I say this game is a heartbreaker. The Devils were able to breakout and get into Kings' end with some regularity, and the result remained the same.

SB Nation New York has a host of previews and analysis for your in our Stanley Cup Finals StoryStream. You can find more entertaining reading on the SB Nation NHL Hub Page. For the Devils perspective, check In Lou We Trust. For the Kings perspective, visit Jewels From The Crown.

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2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Down 1-0, New Jersey In Familiar Territory

In their journey to the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, the New Jersey Devils have trailed in all three series they have played up to this point. So being down 1-0 to the Los Angeles Kings entering Saturday’s Game 2 (8 p.m. ET at the Prudential Center) is familiar territory.

“We know we’ve been here before,” said Devils coach Peter DeBoer. “I think also after looking at the tape, we think we know what we have to fix. I think there’s a comfort level there that we can get that done.”

The Devils generated only 14 shots on goal in Game 1. with Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick making 13 saves.

“We’ve got to do more. I think we made it too easy on him,” DeBoer said. “We had some opportunities. But we didn’t do enough to make it tough on him.”

— See In Lou We Trust for more discussion and analysis of the Devils

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2012 Stanley Cup Finals, Game 1: Peter DeBoer Press Conference

After watching his team lose to the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1, in overtime of Game 1 of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer said “I don’t believe we deserved to win tonight.”

The Devils will get a chance to even the best-of-seven series when they host Game 2 Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

“I think we’re going to have to find another level. I feel we have another level. I thought we came out a little tentative, as was expected for a Stanley Cup Final game. I thought we got better as the game went on. That’s a team you’ve got to play 60 minutes against,” DeBoer said. “The good news is we started in the same hole against Philly, we started in the same hole against the Rangers. We responded to the situation in the right way the last two rounds, and I expect the same.”

— See In Lou We Trust for more reaction from the Devils perspective.

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2012 Stanley Cup Finals Predictions, Odds: Experts Make Their Choices For Series

Here is a look at the predictions of some of the experts when it comes to the outcome of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals between the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings. Game 1 is Wednesday night at the Prudential Center in New Jersey, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

New York Daily News ... Devils in 7

New York Times ... Kings

Sporting News ... Devils in 6

Barry Melrose, NHL.com ... Kings in 6

Assorted NHL.com Analysts

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The Kings are the betting favorite to win the series. You can see the odds from a variety of sports books at SB Nation's NHL Odds Page, sponsored by Odds Shark.

SB Nation New York has a host of previews and analysis for your in our Stanley Cup Finals StoryStream. You can find more entertaining reading on the SB Nation NHL Hub Page. For the Devils perspective, check In Lou We Trust. For the Kings perspective, visit Jewels From The Crown.

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2012 Stanley Cup Finals: How The New Jersey Devils Got Here

Just one year after missing the postseason entirely, the New Jersey Devils are the Eastern Conference representatives in the Stanley Cup Finals.

They defeated two division rivals on their way to the finals, and dispatched of a team who won their first division title. Each round has had its share of both new and familiar "clutch" players, and the run has put a revitalized Martin Brodeur on display.

New Jersey is looking to become the first team since the 2006 Carolina Hurricanes to win the Stanley Cup the year after missing the playoffs. Here is a look at how they got here:

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: New Jersey Defeats Florida Panthers, 4-3

The upstart Panthers gave New Jersey all they could handle during the first round. Florida continually fought back from deficits in a game, and pushed the Devils to the brink of elimination. New Jersey battled back from elimination twice, winning Game 6 and 7. Adam Henrique played the hero, scoring in double overtime of the final game to push the Devils into the Eastern Conference semifinals for the first time since 2007.

Eastern Conference Semifinals: New Jersey Defeats Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1

The first of two division rivals New Jersey would face in the playoffs, the Flyers came into the second round series the favorites to advance to the Stanley Cup. They made easy work of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round, dispatching them in six games. New Jersey, coming off the seven-game series, couldn't keep up in Game 1, and lost when Danny Briere scored in overtime. The series, however, was all New Jersey after that. A mix of an effective forecheck and disciplined play unwound Philadelphia, and the Devils won four straight to send their rivals home.


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Eastern Conference Finals: New Jersey Defeats New York Rangers, 4-2

The Hudson River Rivals clashed in the Eastern Conference Finals, where the two teams hadn't met since 1994. That year, Mark Messier made his famous guarantee, and the Rangers twice avoided elimination before defeating the Devils in double overtime of Game 7. Henrik Lundqvist, a Vezina and Hart finalist, cooled New Jersey in Game 1, posting a shutout. New Jersey rallied in Game 2, and the teams split the first two games at MSG.

Lundqvist would once again frustrate the Devils in Game 3, blanking them for the second time in the series. Game 4, however, was a turning point. The Devils hung four goals on New York in that game, evening the series. New Jersey went on to win the next two games, scoring at least three goals in each win. In the clincher, Henrique would once again play hero, scoring an overtime goal to sink the Rangers.

Despite being the sixth seed, New Jersey clinched home-ice advantage for the Finals. It's their first trip to the championship since 2003, and New Jersey is gunning for their fourth title.

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2012 Stanley Cup Finals, Devils Vs. Kings Game 1: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The New Jersey Devils begin the hunt for the fourth Stanley Cup championship in franchise history Wednesday night when they host the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals (8 p.m. ET, NBC).

The Devils and Kings are unlikely participants in the Finals. New Jersey was the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, while Los Angeles was the eighth seed in the Western Conference. The Devils won series against the Florida Panthers, Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers to reach the Finals. The Kings defeated the Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues and Phoenix Coyotes to reach the Finals.

The TV schedule for the series is as follows (All times Eastern):

Game 1, Los Angeles Kings at New Jersey Devils: Wednesday, May 30, 8 p.m. on NBC, CBC

Game 2, Los Angeles Kings at New Jersey Devils: Saturday, June 2, 8 p.m. on NBC, CBC

Game 3, New Jersey Devils at Los Angeles Kings: Monday, June 4, 8. p.m. on NBCSN, CBC

Game 4, New Jersey Devils at Los Angeles Kings: Wednesday, June 6, 8 p.m. on NBCSN, CBC

Game 5, Los Angeles Kings at New Jersey Devils (if necessary): Saturday, June 9, 8 p.m. on NBC, CBC

Game 6, New Jersey Devils at Los Angeles Kings (if necessary): Monday, June 11, 8 p.m. on NBC, CBC

Game 7, Los Angeles Kings at New Jersey Devils (if necessary): Wednesday, June 13, 8 p.m. on NBC, CBC

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2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Devils Vs. Kings: Lou Lamoriello Press Conference

The architect of the New Jersey Devils, general manager Lou Lamoriello, said Tuesday during the media day festivities for the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals between the Devils and Los Angeles Kings he realized halfway through the season that this New Jersey team could be special.

“You like to think every team you ever have has a chance. I don’t think we ever did until halfway through the year,” Lamoriello said. “Anytime we had any adversity, came out of it quickly, no looking back. It’s probably one of the best teams we’ve had as far as chemistry.”

Here are some of Lamoriello’s other thoughts on the eve of the Stanley Cup Finals.

On being underdogs to the Kings …

“I don’t think it matters. You want to come in any way. Don’t be choosy.
I don’t think it matters. We think we’re favored every night we go into a game. If we don’t think like that, we shouldn’t go into the game.”

On first-year coach Peter DeBoer …

“I knew he was a very hard coach on his players because he didn’t want to accept anything but the best out of them. That to me was a positive for me because he might have wanted success, maybe didn’t have the talent to get there. … He’s done a fantastic job.”

On goaltender Martin Brodeur …

“Marty is an unflappable person. He has a personality that never looks back. He loves the game. He plays it because he loves it. He works at it. He’s changed his game accordingly to the way the style is. He’s a student.”

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2012 Stanley Cup Finals, Devils Vs. Kings: With Retirement In Sight, Martin Brodeur Soaking Everything In

Perhaps the greatest goaltender of all-time, Martin Brodeur helped lead the New Jersey Devils into the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals even at age 40.

During a press conference Tuesday at the Stanley Cup media day, Brodeur said he has spent more time soaking everything in this season because he's not sure how much longer his career will last.

"I really wanted to experience it. I don't know if it's going to be my last year or not, so I really wanted to embrace it all," Brodeur said, adding that despite still enjoying hockey, he'll make a retirement decision after the Cup. "That decision is going to be made by me and my family. We're going to take a lot of time to think about it."


Related: Brodeur 'Greatest Goalie Of All Time'

Brodeur's counterpart in the Cup will be Jonathan Quick, the baby-faced 26-year-old who is 12-2 with a 1.54 goals-against average so far in the postseason.

"He's a really good goalie. He's played at a high level for a few years now in the NHL. What I like about him is that he's an athlete," said Brodeur. "The puck's not just going to hit him. He's going to go out and get it, and it's pretty spectacular to watch."

For all your Devils information, visit In Lou We Trust. Jewels From The Crown has more on the Kings. For more on the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, stay tuned to this StoryStream.

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2012 Stanley Cup Finals, Devils Vs. Kings: Media Day, More Notes

The 2012 Stanley Cup Finals between the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings are just one day away. Here are some of the stories making news as the teams make last-minute preparations for the Finals.

Devils-Kings Pre-Series Media Day set for Tuesday - NHL Network
The Stanley Cup Final series between the New Jersey Devils and the Los Angeles Kings officially kicks off Tuesday afternoon with the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, Pre-Series Media Day at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Both teams will be on hand Tuesday for a final practice before Game 1 on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS) and the NHL Network and NHL.com have all the action covered.

The NHL Network will have a three-hour live show Tuesday from 1-4 p.m. ET, covering the media availability of both teams.


Related: Brodeur 'Greatest Goalie Of All Time'

Devils’ Tallinder medically cleared from blood clotting issue, can play in Stanley Cup finals | ProHockeyTalk
"I’m going to sign the release paper today and then we’ll see — it’s the coach’s decision," Tallinder told NorthJersey.com. "It’s pretty rough to come in [after such a long layoff] and I don’t think he would change anything now, but we’ll see.

"We lost a lot of defensemen one year in Buffalo in the conference finals. Now, we’re in the Stanley Cup, so you never know what’s going to happen."

Seven things the Devils need to do to win it all - Devils vs Kings - 2012 Stanley Cup Final
For the Devils to win the Stanley Cup, here are seven elements to their game that have to go right.

Seven things the Kings need to do to win the Cup - Devils vs Kings - 2012 Stanley Cup Final
Here are seven things the Kings will need to do to bring Stanley to the City of Angels for the first time.

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2012 Stanley Cup Finals, Devils Vs. Kings: Betting Odds Show New Jersey Devils As Underdogs

The New Jersey Devils are the decided underdog to the Los Angeles in the early betting odds released thus far for the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals.

The opening line, courtesy of SB Nation’s odds partner, Odds Shark, has Los Angeles as a -120 moneyline favorite, while the Devils are a +100 underdog.

Odds from a variety of oddsmakers are as follows:

5Dimes — Kings (-115), Devils (105); SBGlobal — Kings (-120), Devils (100); BetOnline — Kings (-116), Devils (+105); Bovada — Kings (-120), Devils (-110).

The best-of-seven series opens Wednesday night with New Jersey hosting Game 1 at the Prudential Center at 8 p.m. ET.

New Jersey advanced to the Finals by defeating the top-seeded New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Kings defeated the Phoenix Coyotes to win the Western Conference championship.

— See SB Nation’s NHL Odds Page for the listing odds and links to more analysis.

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