KINGS 2, Devils 1 (OT) – SCF Game 1 Real-Time Bullets

And we’re off…

  • Yes, suddenly Lewis is 6’4″ and menacing. No, Mike, that was Dwight King.
  • I wonder if we can go the whole game without hearing “regathers.”
  • I would like to keep it to under 10 uses of “knifes” as a verb.
  • I guess Eddie Olczyk never really watched the Terry Murray Kings. I think he just said that Sutter taught the Kings to defend.
  • Brown hit on Parise. Nice and clean.  Penner Hit Purity Rating: 6/10.
  • (Penner said, of the so-called biggest hit of the playoffs, something like: “it was so pure I enjoyed it.” He was the “checkee.”)
  • Was that Voynov? Giveaway. Yes.
  • Fraser shoots, he scores. That was a huge play by Jordan Nolan, right when Emerick was talking about the hugeness of King and Nolan.
  • Clarkson shoots wide.
  • Dustin, don’t be stupid. They’re always going to call that.
  • Never mind. Replay shows that Martin Brodeur is THE SHAME OF THE NHL. According to Dave Tippett.
  • “The only place you can score on him.” The announcers are going to stick to that theory, I guess.
  • Peter Harrold on the power play. Did he hear Dustin Brown coming?
  • I think “Brown’s” hit on Salvador was actually Kopitar.
  • Clarkson snake-bit already.
  • Good stick by Mitchell.

2nd period

  • Zubrus on Carter. A little elbowy.
  • Lewis injured on that hit?
  • Have the Devils had a shot yet this period? I hesitate to type that.
  • Jesus. Did they forget to freeze these pucks? The thing is bouncing all over the place.
  • Slew foot by Stoll. At what point does Stoll decide what the hell, no one’s watching?
  • Olczyk just said, the Devils have to overload one side and then go to the other side. ?
  • I don’t think the Lewis shot off Brodeur’s knob would have gone in.
  • (Lewis not injured)
  • I haven’t heard a single regathers or knifes.
  • Nice save by Brodeur on Scuderi.
  • I like “sized up by Salvador.”
  • Emerick reports, shockingly, that the players are communicating with each other on the ice. O Teamwork!
  • Sutter doesn’t even bother putting out a power play unit. Just a little bit of everyone. King/Stoll…okay, Williams. So that’s a nod in the direction of a powerplay.
  • Whose terrible pass was that? I’m thinking Darryl Sydor.
  • Scuderi? Wow.
  • Quick knocked that down with his glove. Quick = good.
  • Martinez, excellent on Henrique.
  • Voynov, excellent on Bernier.
  • Voynov’s shoulder, I guess I don’t blame you.
  • Bounces. That’s what happens when you crash ye olde net.
  • I don’t know why I just went Olde English.

Third period

  • Oh, Zach Parise, you’re so sneaky. Nicely done though. Too bad about the CAMERAS.
  • And the ref saw it anyway.
  • Now, watch they’ll call it a goal.
  • Pfew.
  • Why does Pierre McGuire have to be between the benches? They should just put him in a plexiglass box and dangle him over the ice on cables.
  • Nice hit by Nolan.
  • Nice pounding on Brodeur by Nolan. (digging for puck, I mean)
  • Who missed THAT open net? Clarkson again?
  • Fayne.
  • REGATHERED. 8:30 left in the third.
  • KNIFED, at around 8:00. I wonder if the two are filed together in Emerick’s brain.
  • Guy with giant hammer comes out to fix pro-LA boards.
  • Jarret Stoll auditions for playoff goat. Quick says no.
  • OT.
  • I mean…

OT

  • Who will get the game-winner? Voynov or Harrold.
  • Mitchell burned, saved by Voynov?
  • Yep.
  • Lewis checks Henrique off-sides.
  • Gionta’s head doesn’t come up to Ponikarovsky’s shoulder.
  • Larry “Never Trust a Forward” Robinson.
  • Kovalchuk up the ice with Williams on defense. Please, no.
  • Nolan saves game by blocking Kovalchuk’s shot off faceoff.
  • Parise pinch.
  • Doughty to Williams…
  • RACOON JESUS!

  • Check it out. Brodeur tried to do the last second pad lift, like he did several times to great effect in the playoffs.
  • But apparently Kopitar watched “10 Best Saves” on NHL Tonight because
  • …he put the puck under the pad after Brodeur lifted it.
  • Kings have won 9 straight on the road this playoffs.
  • 11 going back to last year’s post-season.
  • And they’re 2-0 in SCF game twos. ones.
  • My heroes of the game, in addition to the obvious Kopitar and Williams *for that amazing pass) are Voynov, for bailing out Mitchell, and Nolan, for the forecheck on goal one and for blocking the Kovalchuk shot.
 
  • Garrett79

    I think you mean 2-0 in SCF Game Ones.

    • http://www.mcsorleys-stick.com/ Quisp

      Yeah, that’s what I meant. (fixed.)

      • Garrett79

         Hopefully soon to be 1-1 in Game Twos.

  • Garrett79

    6th Kings Stanley Cup Finals game. 4th one to go to OT. Finally some karma goes our way as they win an OT game in the Finals, ending a 3-ot losing streak from 1993.

  • Garrett79

    I thought one of the biggest moments came in overtime when the Kings iced the puck and were stuck with the 4th line out there against Kovalchuk and the Devils’ other snipers. The Devils got some grade A chances there and the Kings were scrappy, barely cleared the puck, and it wasn’t much longer before the winning goal.

    • DougS

      That was also the line match-up on Fraaer’s goal. Obviously, it recurred over the course of the game. That match-up may have been DeBoer’s preference.

  • Garrett79

    Kopitar just got himself on all-time Stanley Cup playoff highlight reels for the rest of eternity with that goal.

  • DougS

    Parise made me think of Diego “Hand of God” Maradonna. Except Maradonna got away with it.

    If they follow your suggestion about McGuire, players should get some kind of credit for hitting his cage with the puck. Maybe a penalty shot. The SCF will turn into a contest over who can do the most damage to Pierre McGuire.

    Seriously, though — think this game will be a nut-crusher for the Devils, losing in OT at home? Brodeur finally getting beat in OT this playoffs? Just musing, based on the conventional wisdom that it’s psychologically more difficult to lose a close game than it is to get blown out.

    • sstephen17

      I had to chuckle when the Devils fans were booing that the Parise “goal” was disallowed.  I mean, yeah it wasn’t a distinct kicking motion but there isn’t a more clear example of why a goal is disallowed.

      Pressure is all on the Devils now.  They’ve gotta believe that if they go down 0-2 at home, it might not come back to NJ.

  • m_and_m

    Did I hear Doc Emrick use “careful” as a verb?  “He carefulled it up to center ice?”

    • http://www.mcsorleys-stick.com/ Quisp

      God, I hope so. That’s terrible. 

      • DougS

        I will always maintain that Emrick was most effective as Bill Clement’s straight man.

        When he’s forced to carry the burden of being the colorful one, this is what you get.

  • Niesy

    These are all hilarious, and remind me why I watched this in a bar so I didn’t have to hear it. But I’m truly smitten by the notion of Dangles McGuire.

  • https://twitter.com/geoffdes78 Geoff DeSouza

    Eh, in spite of his quirks I still love Doc.  Although it’s harder in this series since he’s the Devils’ regular PBP guy and things naturally are going to be a bit slanted.

    Kings got away with one.  They looked more like the floundering losing-to-the-Sharks-in-the-first-round team at times than the one that just rolled through the west.  They can’t play like that again in Game 2 and hope to win again, because Jersey isn’t going to miss that many gift-wrapped open net / Quick flopping chances.

    • http://www.mcsorleys-stick.com/ Quisp

      I agree, except that I think Jersey — specifically Clarkson, with a little Fayne — was sabotaged by their own scouting report on Quick, and was trying too hard to pick the top corners. They should have been trying to get those pucks on net. When you’ve got several sure goals that end up not being shots, it tells me the goalie is in their heads. 

      • https://twitter.com/geoffdes78 Geoff DeSouza

        Those corners were open, though.  I think the miss on the powerplay had about 60% of the net completely uncovered as Quick as spread-eagled.

        That’s the worry – Quick had stopped giving up stuff like that, and last night… well, he looked like Bad Quick was back.

  • m_and_m

    Thirteen wins, we take game one of the finals.  This is where we were in ’93.  Ok guys, everybody remeasure your sticks.

  • https://twitter.com/jsalsLA jsalsLA

    i don’t know why everyone keeps talking about quickie and the top corners….

    those top corners have been there all year and he still put up these numbers.  just because NBC has nothing else to talk about doesn’t mean it’s suddenly become a problem.