2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final – Game Three

Doughty on Game 3 difference: “5 on 3 PK did it”

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The New Jersey Devils went 0-for-6 on the power play through the first two games of the 2012 Stanley Cup finals, prompting Ilya Kovalchuk to call it embarrassing. The Los Angeles Kings didn’t help them save face in Game 3, either, making them go 0-for-6 in that game itself, with the most memorable span coming when they killed off a big 5-on-3 chance when it was 0-0.

While Darryl Sutter credited the Kings’ penalty kill as a whole, Drew Doughty simply told John Hoven about the turning point of Game 3:

“The 5-on-3 PK did it,” Doughty said.

Devils coach Peter DeBoer essentially agreed when asked if that sequence was “the difference.”

“Yeah, I mean sure,” DeBoer said. “We need to get the first goal out, absolutely. We had some power play opportunities there. We need to score one. Credit to them. You know, their goalie made some big saves early. We couldn’t get one.”

DeBoer discussed the mounting frustration of dealing with the Kings’ PK.

“The frustrating part is you’re creating some quality chances, you’re getting some quality shots and they’re not going in,” DeBoer said. “Again, you have to handle that frustration the right way.”

Although New Jersey received more power play opportunities in the series so far, it might be worth noting that the Kings didn’t score on the man advantage until late in Game 3. In some ways, that’s another tablespoon of salt in the Devils’ wounds, yet it also shows that PP dominance isn’t necessarily the catalyst for playoff success. (See also: the 2011 Boston Bruins.)

Still, Ilya Kovalchuk & Co. generated 12 power play goals through the first three rounds, so it’s clear that has been some part of their postseason success up until the Stanley Cup finals. The Devils have scored just two goals in these three games – again, none on the PP – so they need to find answers fast.

What would you do to try to solve the Kings’ PK puzzle, then?

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.