Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Los Angeles Kings are on the Brink of a Stanley Cup Championship

With a 4-0 win against the New Jersey Devils on Monday night, the Los Angeles Kings inched 1 game closer to a Stanley Cup Championship. The Kings now lead the series 3-0. Game 4 will be in Los Angeles, providing the Kings with a great shot at closing out the series at home.

Jonathan Quick Autographed LA Kings Black Jersey Action Horizontal 8x10 PhotographOn Monday, the Kings took a 2-0 lead into the third period and then dominated the final period by scoring two more goals. This game was the only lopsided result so far. In the previous 2 games, the Kings won both games by a score of 2-1 in overtime.

Martin Brodeur did his best to keep his team in the game but Jonathan Quick was equal to the task. Actually he was better. Quick has been awesome throughout the playoffs but in the cup finals, he's been nearly unbeatable. Quick has also had great support at both ends of the ice.

Dustin Penner has been playing really well and been a key part of the success of the Kings. It was Penner who scored the series clinching goal in the Western Conference finals. Captain Dustin Brown has also done his part but the player who seems to be there when the Kings need him the most is Anze Kopitar.

The Kings have won many close games this playoff season. That has made them an exteemely tough team to beat. The Kings have lost only 2 games all playoffs and their road play has been more succesful than any playoffs in the hostory of the NHL.

The Kings have won all the battles, won the close games and have frustrated the Devils throughout the series. It doesn't matter how well Brodeur has been playing, the Kings have been scoring goals when it counts. Until Monday night, Brodeur had given up only 4 goals through 2 games.

While that type of goaltending is good, his counterpart for the Kings, Jonathan Quick, has been great. With Monday night's shutout, Quick has given up only 2 goals in 3 games. I think that Quick has been the MVP in this playoffs for the Kings and it's because of his play that Los Angeles is on the Brink of a championship.

I can't see any way for the Devils to win 4 straight games against the Kings. The Devils would have to beat a team that has only lost two games and hasn't lost more than 1 game in a row. That's a recipe for success as far as the Kings are concerned.

The Kings have been a great story this year. It would be a fitting end to the 2011/2012 NHL season for the Kings to win their first cup.

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