Liveblog: Devils 2 – Kings 1, final goes back to L.A.

Marty

We’ve got a series.
L.A. finally loses a road game in the playoffs.
And game 6 goes Monday night at the Staples Centre.

The great Martin Brodeur made 25 saves – nine in the third period as L.A. poured on the pressure. The kings hit the post three times.

The Devils have beaten L.A. as often as Vancouver, St. Louis and Phoenix combined.

Jonathan Quick had not lost two in a row since March 26.

Has a seed of doubt been planted in the minds of the erstwhile playoff juggernaut?

• Good reading: A nice piece by Bill Simmons on his daughter’s love affair with the Kings

530 Comments

  1. Dust says:

    I hate Damien Cox. I feel he just write things to get a reaction. Flip flops to go against the grain

  2. Habsolutely says:

    That Ping driver commercial is kinda enticing. Might have to go try one of those bad boys out.

    • I played last week with my 25 year old Wilson Staff Persimmon wood. Everyone else asked to try it as they were all playing with Taylor Monsters and other huge metal woods. I hit it as far as everyone. Hee, hee…

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      • Habsolutely says:

        I have a Callaway 11 degree driver that I hit really well. I’m so superstitious, that I feel like I’m doing something wrong looking at other drivers.

  3. Habsolutely says:

    Luv the hotstove with Friedman. They need to let him speak more.

  4. frontenac1 says:

    I heard that Kovy has an injured back since the second series. CBC are morons.

  5. L Elle says:

    I wouldn’t get that LA, 2012 Stanley Cup Champs tattoo just yet.

  6. nickster13 says:

    I just read that Kovalchuk is basically the russian equivalent of Smithson, ergo son of a blacksmith. “Koval” means Smith. And is equally common in Russia. Cool huh?

    “I don’t wanna see Maurice tonight, I want the rocket!”

  7. Habsolutely says:

    Marty tracks the puck so well.

  8. Habsolutely says:

    Let’s call Colin Cambell in the hockey Op’s room and see what he thinks. He’s got lots of credibility.

  9. punkster says:

    Good. Pulling for the Evils mainly to see Marty win another and because that CBC is rooting for the Kinks. It could not be any clearer that Kovy is injured yet CBC continues to dump on him.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  10. Dust says:

    this is weird I’m a huge doughty fan and was cheering for LA the whole playoffs. However, I find myself wanting Jersey to comeback now. I guess it’s the underdog thing

  11. Bozo McBozo says:

    I hate the DOG penalty!

  12. frontenac1 says:

    Clarkson!!!Port Hope Clipper!!Ye-Ha!

  13. Habsolutely says:

    Clarkson has worked his butt off tonight.

  14. Bozo McBozo says:

    Man, that was one hell of a deflection!

  15. Bozo McBozo says:

    I love a good donker goal!!!

  16. Habsolutely says:

    YESSSS!!!!

  17. otter649 says:

    Noticed that Clarkson shaved off his beard & left only a moustache like Adam Henrique did in game 4………

  18. boing007 says:

    Boone: getting physical

    Time for Olivia Newton-John.

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  19. frontenac1 says:

    Ha Ha! Port Hope Clipper Dave Clarkson Smokes Brown!

  20. nickster13 says:

    Come on Jersey, I want a series! You can do it!

    “I don’t wanna see Maurice tonight, I want the rocket!”

  21. Habsolutely says:

    Devils on their heels here.

  22. gwain says:

    kovalchuk is injured, he’s gonna need surgery like gaborik…

  23. HabFab says:

    Yeah, ,the Marlies got their butts handed to them by Julian BriseBois’s Admirals.

  24. Habsolutely says:

    crap. I hate Justin Williams with a passion.

  25. Bozo McBozo says:

    You can rag on the US stem to stern, but a moron like Don Cherry would never survive down here, especially on state-supported TV. Unless of course he’d had a bevy of hos to go with his wardrobe!

  26. HabFanSince72 says:

    “And what does he know about Bowman, other than how to lose to him? ”

    Good one.

    You’re on fire tonight Boone.


    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  27. Bozo McBozo says:

    I heard Larry ripped into them the way he did when they were down years ago against the Flyers 3-1 and went on to win the Cup.

  28. Psycho29 says:

    Anyone else have Videotron internet and having problems today/tonight???? (freezing up, page not found)

    • Propwash says:

      I’m on Videotron, and no issues here. Try rebooting your modem and/or router.

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  29. ProHabs says:

    I know everyone knows this already but it is always fun to remind people. The Habs drafted Andrei Kostitsyn when they could have had Zack Parise.

  30. Propwash says:

    Well, there’s a first for everything.

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  31. frontenac1 says:

    Yes!!!!Parise!!!

  32. Habsolutely says:

    Boo-Yah!!!!!

  33. Habsolutely says:

    Jersey layin on the body.

  34. Habsolutely says:

    Gomez has stupendous Fenwick/Corsi. Unfortunately, the rest of his game sucks.

  35. ProHabs says:

    Hey Boone,
    If Nail and Galchenyuk are picked 1 and 2 by Edmonton and Columbus. Would you trade the 3rd pick to Toronto for their 5th and Schenn. Just asking as you brought it up.

    • Dust says:

      Yes I would. However if Galchenyuk is gone, I don’t think the Leafs will trade up

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      I suggested that very trade a few weeks ago. I think I would consider it if I knew for a fact that Forsberg and Grigorenko were the real deal.

      I don’t see Toronto going for it though.


      Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

    • 24 Cups says:

      In a heartbeat. That trade would be awesome with absolutely no downside.

      • Habsolutely says:

        having Schenn the defensive nightmare/giveaway machine on our blueline would be a downside IMO.

        • Dust says:

          I think you underestimate Schenn. Kid is young He is gonna get better, and Toronto will regret trading him if they do

          • Habsolutely says:

            I’ve watched him pretty close. He’s horrible. But to each their own.

          • Dust says:

            I think he will Shine under Carlyle. Wilson’s System leaves the defense out to dry. Under Carlyle I believe he will bounce back and be a stud. Just my thoughts though

          • Habsolutely says:

            Let me be fair, he throws big hits and he fights. He’s commendable for that. But like I said, I watched him pretty close the last two seasons and I found him to be just horrible with the puck and really prone to giveaways. Not trying to be mean, it’s just my opinion. I also think with the Habs deep in D prospects it doesn’t make sense to acquire Schenn. But, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and I enjoy listening to different perspectives.

          • HabFanSince72 says:

            You’re right he has been bad, but he’s still very young.


            Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

          • Dust says:

            I think he is young and can improve. He has been bad when it comes to punkhandling. However, If you play him with Markov. I think it would work beautifully

  36. Timo says:

    Someone explain Henwick/Corsi thing to me, please.

  37. Bozo McBozo says:

    Man, this is “honey-badger” hockey. This stuff is crazy!

  38. Strummer says:

    If Edmonton keeps stock-piling these top picks aren’t they going to run into some serious RFA contract hassles too close together like the Hawks did?

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    • RGM says:

      Yep. That’s another reason for them to pick a D-man (in addition to the obvious need for help on the back end) – they’re cheaper.

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    • Habsolutely says:

      Eventually that’s what will happen. They will have to trade one of their young guns. That’s why they don’t need to worry about drafting a D-man. They can target one when they have to trade Eberle or Hall or Nugent-Hopkins. All those guys would command a kings ransom.

    • HardHabits says:

      The Hawks ran into problems because Dale Talon’s office forgot how to use a fax.

  39. Bozo McBozo says:

    I was in the swamp in ’94 the evening the Devs swept off the highly touted Red Wings. Yes, after driving home, I got plastered!

    • RGM says:

      Methinks you mean ’95 yes?

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      • Bozo McBozo says:

        Yep, you’re right! I turned down a ticket to Game 7 of the Rags/’nucks series in ’94. In hindsight I was stupid, I scalped tickets at the Forum in ’93 and would have seen three deciding games in a row.

        • RGM says:

          Two outta three ain’t bad, especially the first one!

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          • Bozo McBozo says:

            Swore off the Rags after they lost Game 6 to the Bruins in ’72. When the Devs tied Game 7 of the ’94 semis with eight seconds to go, it was amazing. I have never experienced all of the oxygen leaving a building like that before or since.

  40. frontenac1 says:

    Wow! Hey Arlette got pipes!

  41. Habsolutely says:

    she’s got range.

  42. ProHabs says:

    Pierre McGuire and Mike Richards are best buds.

  43. Strummer says:

    LA is 10-0 on the road in the playoffs.

    Seems they are due for a road loss.

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  44. JayK-47 says:

    If LA wins, I really hope this is the last time I ever see Cherry, MacLean, Stock, Milbury and Hrudey. 30 million hockey fans in this country and we have to watch the (insert several swear words) bunch. No more, CBC. No more PLEASE.

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  45. Bozo McBozo says:

    This game better be worth it in the first period or it’s off to Celts/Heat. I never thought I’d ever root for a B-town squad, but there is something about an aged team going for one last kick at the can!

  46. EasternOntarioHabsFan says:

    It’s all up to Edmonton
    If they draft Murray, then we get either Yakupov or Galchenyuk, one of two stud forwards. Even if Colombus takes Galchenyuk, we still run away with Yakupov.

    If they take Yakupov, then were in for a crapshoot.

    Never before in the history of the NHL has the future of one team been so dependent on the choices of another.

  47. nickster13 says:

    Agree Boone, any guy who prefers California to a hockey town is not my kind of hockey player.

    “I don’t wanna see Maurice tonight, I want the rocket!”

  48. ZepFan2 says:

    Boone, maybe you can help me.

    I’d like to know what ever happened to the man that was always working the visitors bench, even though he worked for the Forum. He gave the players water and towels and such. I knew him as Doc.

    If you could tell me anything about him it would be much appreciated.

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  49. nickster13 says:

    I had a dream last night that Edmonton drafted Murray 1st overall. No joke! I wonder if it could come true…

    “I don’t wanna see Maurice tonight, I want the rocket!”

  50. Habsolutely says:

    Remind me again why PJ stock is on TV?

  51. frontenac1 says:

    Go Habs! Go Devils! Go Als! Go Matty! Go Students!

  52. habstrinifan says:

    Is Marc Bergevin a genius? I give you the following:

    Item 1:

    Qustion to Marc: How are the discussions going with your two key RFA’S.

    Answer: Quite well.. we are real close to signing one of them… I wont reveal which one.

    Outcome: If it is P.K, Price picks up the phone and tells his agent to get it done. He doesnt want to look like he is playing hardball.

    If it is Price, P.K does the same.

    If it is neither two agents get called by anxious clients.

    Result: Marc has his two RFA’s thinking I better sign and they come in at the low to middle of the expected range. Genius.

    Item 2: Hires his coach whom he knows but does not give his coach carte blanche re assistants. Search for assistants seem unusually long and open project.. not normal if left only to the head coach.
    Makes for more complete coaching tandem and gives Therrien sufficient ‘hint’ that a power trip my way or no way aint gonna be tolerated. Genius.

    Add the intriguing week-old flight arrangements being reported by one airline of a customer having booked a seat with weird conditions. Customer would be flying direct from Newark to Montreal or LA to Montreal. Hurrying out of Newark is expected but who rushes to leave LA near midnight LA time. Curious eh!

    • Captain aHab says:

      What’s this about the flight arangements?

      Also I don’t think players/agents really care that much what happens to other players. They’ll be looking for their money.

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      • habstrinifan says:

        I really do see it as a vindication of Bergevin’s smarts. He is ‘putting together’ a coaching team. I have accepted his hire of Therrien as based on his good judgement and knowledge of a friend whom he can talk to. The ‘process’ over the assistant/s gives me confidence… a lot of confidence.

      • habstrinifan says:

        I made the airline part of… let’s just say the bookings are for a seat with lots of leg room.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Trini, would you reckon that the non-autonomy over assistant appointments might have something to do with foreshadowing a possible succession scenario?

      • habstrinifan says:

        Sorry Mike I answered in the wrong place.. see above. I dont believe that the assistant would be chosen based on the future but based on filling ‘coaching functions’ to get the team better now.

  53. Habsolutely says:

    Could Richards come across as more of a douche?

  54. frontenac1 says:

    Ha Ha Boone! Don’t forget Tokers Bluff. At the Big O in the Seventies! Hola!

  55. H.Upmann says:

    Man.. Too bad Serious ain’t arpund anymore. Really dug his posts and contributions in the past

  56. Timo says:

    Gomez scored a goal for Germany today.

  57. HabFab says:

    Boone, I’m with Red on that New Years Eve game. I left feeling like I had kissed my sister and not being from the Ozark Mountains…yuk!!

  58. Steeltown Hab says:

    Who doesn’t love the way Stephen Gionta plays out there. He’s actually a pretty decent hitter despite his size.

    Go NJ…I’d rather see Parise lift the cup than anyone on LA

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    • habstrinifan says:

      I like his first pick. I see no reason to trade up for Nail.

      • Captain aHab says:

        Personally, I’d like to see the Habs trade up to 2nd overall if it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

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    • JayK-47 says:

      I like it. I’d like to see the Habs make a try for Samuelson Jr. also.

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    • Un Canadien errant says:

      As a complete amateur who has no expertise save for reading other people’s opinions, I have to trust Trevor Timmins’ staff, but if pressed to voice a rooting interest, I would be happy with:

      1st round: Alex Galchenyuk or Mikhail Grigorenko. Mr. Galchenyuk seems to be more mature, but I sense Mikhail Grigorenko might have more skill and more upside, especially if he develops the work habits of his counterpart. Either or, I’m happy.

      2nd round, #32: I would be happy with any of Michael Matheson, Stefan Matteau or Martin Frk, probably in that order. I know more of these guys since they have a local connection, and I value that connection. Nothing wrong with the Matheson kid, good size, good head on his shoulders, good family background and great skating. Stefan Matteau has good bloodlines, great size and strength for a teenager, is coming to play in the LHJMQ for the Armada, and is proud of his Québec roots. Martin Frk dropped a little bit from where he was projected at the start of the season, but has great skills and size, and would add talent to a system that doesn’t have a lot of it in terms of scoring forwards.

      2nd round, #50: Out of ideas here, maybe the best available goalie? Maybe let the experts make that choice.

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    • ed lopaz says:

      I disagree with the Fournier pick.

      He was over rated at the Q draft, when he went 1st overall.

      He’s always been a good player, but never great.

      If the Habs have scouted him properly they will pass.

      • HabFab says:

        Personally I’m going to wait until Trevor does his. In the meantime it is something to look at. I would like more after his first two.

  59. twilighthours says:

    That Simmons article was great. I hope to share such moments with my daughter or son some day. Hope neither of them are habs fans, though. Been too hard around here these past 19 years.

    Also, regarding Michel therrien, I’m trying to find the positives. Here’s the only one I can think of: he might make us a tougher team. Lord knows we could use a little more of that.

  60. PONCH says:

    The Habs HAVE to draft a big centre and not the best player available and the proof follows. Without these big centres their teams would NEVER have won a cup. Not the main reason their teams won the cup but sure had a part in it.
    Man these guys were huge!!!

    Toe Blake
    Dickie Moore
    Henri Richard
    Jacques Lemaire
    Doug Jarvis (bst face-off man and penalty killer of his time)\
    Guy Carbonneau (see above. puck possesion is pretty important)
    Esposito (big but do you think Orr had anything to do with it?)
    Bobby Clarke (big stick not big stature)
    Brian Trottier (only 6′ 190 lbs you can look it up)
    Gretzky (yeah he was a mammoth)
    Messier (big heart not big height)
    Datzyk (my spelling sucks)
    Elias
    Joe Thornton (how many cups???)
    Malkin & Stall (even with the other guys, what’s his name again, one cup)
    Modano (good size, 20 years, one cup)

    Yeah, I guess it’s important that the Habs draft a BIG centre. Got to have one to win the cup

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Lots of beauts on your list!

      And I want to agree with you, but I’m hesitant because maybe the game has changed in terms of size, speed and tactics. Maybe we do in fact need at least one, possibly two big centres.

      Or, if you’re right, we draft/trade/purchase for talent rather than size, and watch Montreal change the game rather than the game change Montreal.

      • PONCH says:

        You are correct that the game has changed and that is why I included Modano (1 cup in 20 years), Thornton ( 0 cups), Malkin & Stall ( 1 cup between them). These are modern day players. Big ain’t better. Not trying to argue just sayin’.

        Ryan Murray sure looks good to me and we can move someone to get a big body if need be.

        If the centres that are out there in the top 5 are gonna make a difference, for sure Bergevin should call out there name. NOT just because they are centres but because they are the best player available. Waddya think?

        I remember lemaire to lafleur who beats Cheevers far side. What a moment in time

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          If that was a wrister, in Boston, to GC’s right, then I remember it too. Jordan would never have anything to equal my hang-time on that occasion!

          As for drafts and the old dilemma re. picking best players or picking what you need, I’m afraid I sit on the fence. Sorry. Your point is very well made, but I think I will be praying for at least genuine goal-scorer.

  61. Newf_Habster says:

    Let’s hope the Kings will finish off the Devils tonight.

  62. Dunboyne Mike says:

    LA has only dominated one game in this series.

    Games 1 and 2 could have gone either way.

    Devils win tonight, it’s a series.

    I want this for Marty.

    (But Richards and Carter aside — not to mention Bettman’s desires for California — there’s actually plenty to like on the Kings.)

  63. Un Canadien errant says:

    So am I the only one who wants to see RDS broadcasting some Hamilton Bulldogs games next season? Especially with the NHL lockout looming, I’d love to see the Nouvelle Vague™ (Tinordi, Ellis, Bournival, Pateryn, Beaulieu, Holland) playing next season, as well as guys like Alexander Avtsin, Joonas Nattinen and Gabriel Dumont.

    A quick search on the Google machine didn’t show any problems with the TV rights, certainly not in French, so there should be no problem.

    For RDS, it would seem to me to be a much better draw than strongman competitions and basketball and other nonsense.

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  64. Ian Cobb says:

    I got a hunch that Jersey has starting to figure them out!

    L.A. has by far the better TEAM play so far this year! But Jersey is learning how they have to play them to be successful. It is going to be a boring close one again, me thinks.
    I’ll be watching! Enjoy!

    What was this all about Brisbois coming aboard the other day.? Just someone’s hot air or what!

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Maybe, or maybe they finally got lucky. The first two games were real squeakers, the Devils hit a few posts, could have gone either way. They could have packed it in on Wednesday but they fought bravely and get another chance at it tonight.

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      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  65. boing007 says:

    Eleven comments? The enthusiasm is overwhelming me.

    Richard R
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  66. youngwun says:

    Bergevin and Therrien to have meeting over weekend. If MT gets his wish, Gomez has played his last game in #Canadiens uniform!

    Has therrien ever came out and said he doesnt like gomez?

  67. petrov14 says:

    I got LA 3-1.

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  68. naweed235 says:

    Kings are my backup team but I want them to lose tonight so they can hoist the cup at home infront of their fans… it seems like it’s been a long time I haven’t seen the home team win the cup…
    btw, did I miss any Gomez jokes earlier? you know since he scored the winner for Germany :)

  69. savethepuck says:

    Is anyone else watching the last professional hockey game to ever be played in the city of Toronto in the month of June? Marlies down 3-1 going into the 3rd and down 3-0 in the series.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
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  70. otter649 says:

    Will Puddy be at tonight’s game……

    • Habsolutely says:

      of course. “Gotta support the team!!”

    • boing007 says:

      You forgot Newman, Jerry, Kramer and George.

      Richard R
      Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Au contraire, mon frère, Newman and George weren’t at that game. It was only Puddy, Jerry, Kramer, and three of Puddy’s buddies who were there, supporting the team.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcjO2iEoimQ

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        In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

        • boing007 says:

          True that. Still, Newman and George would have been a nice addition.

          Richard R
          Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            Shirtless George and Newman were probably not in NBC’s best interest when it comes to ratings.

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            In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

            http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

          • boing007 says:

            What about the episode with the black guy at the photo developing shop? The slide show at the post office?

            Richard R
            Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            Touché!

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            In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

            http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  71. commandant says:

    10 wins on the road in one playoffs is incredible…. 11 tonight?

    It only takes 16 wins for the cup.

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  72. Rad says:

    New Jersey tonight, 4 – 2


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