Pack up the champagne, we are heading back to New Jersey.
So much has been made of Jonathon Quick in this series, and rightfully so. In game four, with the Stanley Cup in the building, Martin Brodeur showed he still has something left in the tank, and the New Jersey Devils extended the postseason with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
The game remained scoreless through the first two periods, but it was anything but dull, with both teams getting terrific opportunities and both goaltenders answering with terrific saves. It was not until the final frame of the period that pucks started finding the back of the net. In the end, it was the Devils finally finding a way to beat quick, getting two by him before adding an empty netter.
The series will now shift back to Newark, and that is terrific news for the Los Angeles Kings, as they have yet to lose a game on visiting ice this postseason.
Looking ahead to game five, the Devils will hope to carry over their ability to find the back of the net against a goaltender who has been lights out against them to this point. It will be interesting to see how the Devils react to the bit of momentum they gained in this victory as they head home to the Prudential Center. In game five, getting the building involved with a quick start will be essential for them to have any hope for success. The Devils also got some good news with Ilya Kovalchuk finding the back of the net, even if it was an empty netter. For the Devils to have any hope of extending this series even further, they have to find a way to get Kovalchuk going offensively.
The Los Angeles Kings need to do a better job of taking advantage of their opportunities in game five. Late in the game, they had multiple chances to score goals with breakaways or odd man rushes, and they just flat out missed the net. Martin Brodeur has to be tested with shots on goal in situations like that. Much like the Devils, the Kings need a good start in game five. If they find a way to go up early, with the record they have on the road in this postseason, it is safe to assume that doubt will creep into the Devils heads.
Will the cup do a few laps around the Prudential Center Saturday night? Until the Los Angeles Kings lose on the road, one could think its entirely possible for a celebration in Newark Saturday night.