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2012 Stanley Cup Final: New Jersey Devils Looking For Silver Lining After Game 1 Loss To Los Angeles Kings

New Jersey Devils defenseman Mark Fayne missed a gaping net during his team’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings, during Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on May 29, 2012.
Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images via the Los Angeles Kings

Less than 24 hours after they faced-off in Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, two similar teams were also very similar in their analysis of their performances the night before.

The New Jersey Devils pointed to a tentative start, and needing to raise their overall level of play.

“I think we’re going to have to find another level,” said Devils head coach Peter DeBoer. “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 sixty minutes against.”

“[The Los Angeles Kings] were good,” added DeBoer. “They were off for a while. We knew they’d be good. I thought we were a little tentative early. Once we got comfortable, I thought we started to play better. We pushed in some spurts tonight, but not enough to have success against that team.” Read more of this post

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Los Angeles Kings Press Corps Left With Huge Hole In Lineup After Loss Of Jonathan Moncrief

Jonathan Moncrief (second from right) with some of the regulars of the west wing of the Staples Center press box covering the Los Angeles Kings. From left: Andrew Knoll,
Charles E. Smith, Jr., Brian Kennedy, Moncrief, Dave Joseph.
Photo: Charles E. Smith, Jr.

LOS ANGELES — Back in late March, the west wing of the Bob Miller Press Box at Staples Center was unusually quiet during Los Angeles Kings games.

The reason: Jonathan Moncrief, who covered the Kings for Examiner.com and for Inside Sports was not in his usual seat, nor was he in the Chick Hearn Media Room downstairs. He was nowhere to be found.

It was not until days (and home games) later that we Read more of this post

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