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What they’re saying about Game 3 of 2012 Stanley Cup finals

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In the first two games, the Los Angeles Kings largely seemed like the better team in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals, but not by a huge margin. The New Jersey Devils buckled a bit more in Game 3, however, especially as the Kings broke it open late to win 4-0. Let’s gauge what people are saying about it on Twitter. (Check out the Game 1 and Game 2 bits here.)

“Embarrassing” power play – or great PK?

We’ll get deeper into this in a future post, but one of the growing debates is sort of a nature vs. nurture/chicken-and-the-egg argument. Is the Devils’ PP that bad or are the Kings just that stingy on the PK? Mark Spector points out the Kings’ ridiculous recent PK work while James Mirtle might have penned the best line about New Jersey’s man disadvantage.

“Devils might need a few 5-on-2’s in this series.”

Ouch.

Doom and gloom

People haven’t been hesitant to crown the Kings (sorry) even earlier in this series, but once it seemed clear that Los Angeles might win, the sarcastic obits really started pouring in. Mirtle said the Devils “are dead” after they fell behind 2-0. Meanwhile, one Devils blogger brought up memories of Ryane Clowe.

“Something the Devils haven’t tried yet: playing the puck from the bench. That’s the only way to beat the Kings, perhaps.”

Pretty hard to believe the San Jose Sharks kinda manhandled the Kings to finish the regular season, eh? (Some cruel folks might say that’s symbolic of both franchises’ fates. Mean.)

More whimsy

Steve Lepore and others made inevitable jokes about how much Jeff Carter and Mike Richards might party during the potential Stanley Cup celebrations. That wasn’t the only bit of humor to come from that game, however, as Erik Erlendsson presented a cheesy Jonathan Quick pun headline but Kings mascot Bailey stole the show with a “Jersey Shore” gag that seems right out of the Green Men handbook.

source:  (Via the Kings’ Twitter page.)

Question: is Peter DeBoer mad, just watching a replay or trying not to laugh? Maybe some combination of the three?

Confusion

Hardcore Kings fans must feel a strange combination of jubilation and bewilderment right now. The franchise has been kicking since 1967 and even the Gretzky-era converts have suffered through a lot. Kings blogger Rudy Kelly wonders what he’s supposed to do, exactly, while Al Michaels tackled it in this interview.

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PHT Morning Skate: Shane Doan takes a (friendly) shot at the Miracle on Ice

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Shane Doan took a friendly jab at the the movie “Miracle” and the Miracle on Ice. (BarDown)

–The best of the worst Upper Deck hockey cards from 2015-16. (Puck Junk)

–Here’s a list of the top 50 players in WHL history. (WHL)

–Watch the highlights of last night’s game between the Penguins and Capitals. (Top)

–A sad story about how Chris Phillips feels helpless as his hometown of Fort McMurray burns. (CBC)

–“You want to get back into things right away (but) I think these last four or five months have been good for me.” Former Penguins coach Mike Johnston is ready to coach again. (Local XPress)

–Blues forward Jori Lehtera is in a pretty random commercial:

Penguins push Capitals to brink of elimination with OT win

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The Pittsburgh Penguins ended a long run of playoff overtime struggles on Wednesday … and are now one win away from ending the Washington Capitals’ season.

Many expected the Penguins to crater on defense without Kris Letang (they were 2-8-1 in the regular season without him). While there were shaky moments, Pittsburgh emphasized its speed and other strengths in taking a 3-2 overtime thriller against Washington.

With that, the Penguins’ series lead grows to 3-1.

It was a thrilling, sometimes nasty contest, from Sidney Crosby shaking off an Alex Ovechkin slash, to Evgeni Malkin delivering a hit some thought was over the line and plenty of typical playoff skirmishes.

Ultimately, Matt Murray played another strong game and Patric Hornqvist scored the overtime-winner to put the Capitals in a tough spot.

The Penguins lost their previous eight playoff overtime games, so maybe it was just a matter of time before such a game went their way?

Then again, the history between the two teams is a little different:

If the Capitals want to advance beyond the second round for the first time in the Ovechkin era, they’ll need to accomplish quite the feat against arguably the hottest team in the NHL.

Sidney Crosby looks hurt (and furious) after Alex Ovechkin slash

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Sidney Crosby is known to get fiery, but even for his feisty standards, he was furious during the third period of Game 4.

An Alex Ovechkin slash caught Crosby on the hand, leaving the Pittsburgh Penguins star shaking his mitt and pleading for a call.

After that, Crosby left to get his hand looked at … but not before flipping out and destroying his stick.

You can watch it happen in the GIF and the videos above.

Crosby was able to return not that long after that moment, although we can only speculate regarding how his overall game will be affected if his hand isn’t 100 percent.

Dirty or not? Evgeni Malkin’s hit on Daniel Winnik

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Tensions seem to rise with every passing game in the playoffs, particularly in a series with bad blood like the one between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.

Kris Letang was suspended for his hit in Game 3, and some wonder if Evgeni Malkin should suffer a similar fate for his check on Daniel Winnik on Wednesday.

Winnik left the contest and has not yet returned during the third period.

Take a look at the hit in the video above and decide for yourself.