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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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Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: Kopitar, Johnson Lead LA Kings to 6-4 Win Over Anaheim

LOS ANGELES — Despite blowing a three-goal lead in the third period, Anze Kopitar and Jack Johnson racked up four-point performances to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 6-4 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in front of an announced sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on February 4.

The Ducks opened the scoring at 5:40 of the first period, as they took advantage of another sluggish start by the Kings.

The Kings finally woke up about fifteen minutes into the period and they tied the game on Kopitar’s 25th goal of the season at the 18:54 mark.

The two teams tallied just four shots each in the second period, but the Kings scored the only goals.

While a delayed penalty was being called on the Ducks, Kings winger Wayne Simmonds took a centering pass from Kopitar and scored his fourteenth goal of the season at the 1:04 mark.

Center Michal Handzus scored his thirteenth goal of the season with the Kings on the power play at the 17:00 mark, giving the Kings a 3-1 lead going into the third period. Read more of this post

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