So the Devils forced 'em to put the champagne away again. And the Kings finally lose at home.
And we had another 2-1 game, although this one didn't make it to OT.
The first period was again cautious, as the teams combined for just 11 shots. But once again it was the Devils who drew first blood as Parise got one around the 13 minute mark.
Both teams then started to pour it on in the second stanza. Once again, the Kings tied it as Justin Williams snapped one by Brodeur.
The Kings had several more chances in this period. Stoll came up empty on a breakaway.
But this time, it was the Kings who missed on their chances. Meanwhile, the Devils took the lead for good when Bryce Salvador continued his strong play by scoring the game winning goal at 9:05.
The Kings clamped down on defence and kept pelting Marty with shots in the third. They actually scored a goal, but it was waved off. And despite outshooting New Jersey 9-3, they could not score in the finale.
This was the third 2-1 game of this Series, which is turning out to be quite entertaining!
The Way It Was
This time the Kings didn't come back, as Montreal scored a 4-1 win and a 4-1 Series win.
McSorley again tied it in the second, but this time, the Kings responded as Kirk Muller scored a goal little more than a minute later. The Habs added one before the period ended and still another in the third.
Patrick Roy, won his second Conn Smythe award. Amazingly, although no one knew it at the time, he would never win another playoff round for the Habs.
The Devils were Stanley Cup Champions by this point. But they would miss the playoffs the next season.
Attitudes In The Dressing Room At This Point:
Los Angeles: We'd better wrap it up at home, or else...
New Jersey: Kings' aren't so tough on the road. We can take this thing
My Three Stars:
Game Rating Scale 1 (boring) - 10 (exciting)
9.5: An improvement over the last game. Brodeur's best, so far. The Kiings played well, and put their maximum effort into this game. But the Devils did it as they always do, protecting a slim lead with defence and goaltending