2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final – Game Four

What they’re saying about Game 4 of 2012 Stanley Cup finals

As Don La Greca points out, the New Jersey Devils have still never been swept. Martin Brodeur & Co. fought off elimination with a 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings to narrow the Kings’ series lead to 3-1. Let’s take a look at what people were saying about the game on Twitter.

Martin Brodeur praise

Even before it was clear – very late – that the Devils might win, the plaudits for Brodeur began rolling out. Sam Carchidi believes that Jonathan Quick has been superior overall, yet Brodeur deserves credit for his “quietly superb” finals performances. Brian Compton reacted to a big save by saying that Brodeur wasn’t ready “to go home,” which was only true figuratively since the series will move back to Newark.

Yet Compton’s comment about Brodeur’s play being the headliner instead of Adam Henrique’s game-winner serves as a great transition.

“And, as clutch a goal as that was, Marty is the story in this one if the Devils hang on.”

That clutch goal

Still, Henrique’s penchant for scoring big ones turned a lot of heads. Rangers blogger Scotty Hockey admits that he’s “starting to loathe” the young forward’s clutch skills. This take from a Japer’s Rink contributor probably captured the sardonic side of the big tally in the funniest way, though.

“OK, Henrique, the whole ‘Ooh, I have a Satan-like goatee and play for the Devils and score big goals’ thing is played out. Stop it already.”

Good stuff, although it must be noted that Henrique switched from the playoff beard to a mustache before Game 4.

Kovalchuk’s empty-netter

While Tom Gulitti and others speculate on Ilya Kovalchuk’s health, his empty-netter might be one of those monkey-off-your-back moments. Slava Malamud points out that Kovalchuk tied Anze Kopitar for the 2012 playoffs scoring lead while Harrison Mooney had an amusing take on the “breakthrough.”

“Ohhhhh … turns out Kovalchuk’s problem was that there’s been a goalie in the net. Problem solved.”

Pancake jokes

Dustin Penner had a couple nice opportunities against Brodeur tonight, but couldn’t connect. That invited a couple of inevitable pancake jokes, yet Winging It in Motown’s simple pun ranked as my favorite.

“That shot was crepe.”

Nicely done.


If nothing else, we’ll peek at Twitter for more fun comments and interesting insights for at least one more night. Meanwhile, the 1988 Edmonton Oilers’ not-so-well-known playoff record remains safe.

Report: Kings, Richards nearing settlement

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The Los Angeles Kings and Mike Richards may be nearing a settlement in their dispute over Richards’ terminated contract, TSN’s Bob McKenzie is reporting.

You can read the report for all the details, but we’re sure curious about this part:

If a settlement is reached, there’s no word yet on what salary cap penalties the Kings would still face. There’s bound to be something, but not likely as onerous as the full value of Richards’ contract, which carries with it a cap hit of $5.75 million. If there’s a settlement, Richards would undoubtedly become a free agent though there’s no telling at this point what monies he would be entitled to from the Kings in a settlement.

The issue here is precedent, and what this case could set. The NHL and NHLPA can’t allow teams to escape onerous contracts through a back door, and many are adamant that that’s what the Kings were attempting to do in Richards’ case.

Bettman to players: Don’t screw up ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ with drugs

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The NHL wants to take an educational approach — not a punitive one — to deter its players from using illicit drugs like cocaine.

“My interest is not to go around punishing people,” Bettman told Sportsnet today.

“My interest is getting players to understand the consequences of doing something that could jeopardize this great, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that they’ve been given, to play in the NHL.”

While some players have expressed surprise at hearing that cocaine use is growing, the anecdotal evidence of substance abuse has been very much in the news, from Jarret Stoll‘s arrest to Mike Richards’ arrest to, more recently, Zack Kassian‘s placement in the NHL/NHLPA’s treatment program.

“We don’t have the unilateral right to do things here. We need the consent of the Players’ Association,” Bettman said. “It’s not about punishment. It’s about making sure we get it to stop.”

Related: Cocaine in the NHL: A concern, but not a crisis?