Don’t guarantee a cup win yet. Brodeur and gang are still in it! The classy kings who expected to take it and start the celebration needed a little taste of humble pie to bring them back down off cloud 9. As the Kings, and everyone else, figured this would be a clean sweep, no such luck in Cali as the Devils rose from hell to capture the Kings on home ice.
But even as Kings led the series 3-0 and were hoping to take this game no questions asked, Marty kept his knees down and came out to play. It seems nothing could get past him, not even Mike Richards. As hundreds in Richards’ hometown of Kenora packed local bars to celebrate this King centre and a Winnipeg regular, they can stop cheering as Devils forced game 5 in Jersey Saturday at 7pm.
Kings seem to keep getting beat when it comes down to game 4, as evidence throughout the playoffs; for now the Devils have shut up the Kings fans- well momentarily. But the Kings are indeed unstoppable when it comes to road games as they have won last 6 out of 7 games as notable road warriors. We will have to wait and see if New Jersey can keep the Kings at bay once again.
Both Quick and Brodeur made gigantic saves left and right last night, but in the end, it was the veteran Marty that stole the win at the Staples centre. In addition to blockbuster Brodeur, it was Winnipegger Travis Zajac that was on fire, as he took down draws each and every time with balls to the wall. Not to mention Adam Henrique’s huge playoff goal to tie up the game in the 3rd. Then to add insult to injury at the end of game 4, Kovalchuk shoots it in the empty net. Nicely done!
So between the Devil and the deep does New Jersey lie if they can’t finish off the cup series with 3 consecutive wins. It’s a long shot for comebacks according to chattering class and the statistics that prove teams that win game 1,2 and 3 have a 96% chance of taking home good ol’ Stanley. But a glimmer of hope is all that the Devils need to pump their tires. Let’s hope there’s a lot of air.
What fans can bank on is the fact that Game 5 will be a knockout! And now with a little steam under their seats, the Devils may just have the necessary momentum to snake game 5 from the expectant Kings. So King fans, don’t jump the gun yet, come hell or high water, assume the Devils will rise to the occasion come Game 5. Because cut and thrust, the Devils aren’t going down without a fight.