Tag: Stanley Cup finals

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Steve Bernier #18 of the New Jersey Devils checks Alec Martinez #27 of the Los Angeles Kings in Game Four of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Fact File: Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals

The New Jersey Devils didn’t hold the lead for a single moment in the first three games of the Stanley Cup finals, a trend continued until 7:56 of the third period when the Devils scored the first goal of the game.

That lead lasted a whopping 62 seconds, but the Devils proved resilient by earning a 3-1 victory to force a Game 5.

Here are some interesting facts to chew on:

— This has truly been the year of the road team. The visitors now have a 47-37 record in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the most road wins ever recorded in a single year of playoff hockey. The old record of 46 wins was set back in 1987.

— The New Jersey Devils are still looking for their first power-play goal of the Stanley Cup finals. They’re now 0-for-15 with the man advantage.

— With his empty-netter, Ilya Kovalchuk is now tied with Anze Kopitar, Claude Giroux, and Danny Briere for the league lead in playoff goals (eight).

— If the Los Angeles Kings win Game 5, they’ll set a record for the most road victories in a single playoff run. Their current total of 10 has them in a tie with the 2004 Calgary Flames, 2000 New Jersey Devils, and 1995 Devils.

— The last team to win the Stanley Cup at home was the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks.

— The Devils are just the sixth team to win Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals after dropping the first three games.

Devils aim to become first team in 70 years to overcome 3-0 series deficit in finals

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 4: A general view prior to the game between the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils in Game Three of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)

History is against the New Jersey Devils.

That much is obvious given the Los Angeles Kings have a 3-0 series lead in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals.

But just how bad are things for the Devils?

The Kings are the 26th team to take a 3-0 series lead in the Cup finals. Of the previous 25, 20 have won Game 4. Four weren’t able to complete the sweep of their opponents, but still won it all.

The only group to ever overcome a 3-0 series deficit in the Stanley Cup finals is the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs. Seventy years ago, the league had seven teams, including the now defunct Brooklyn Americans (in previous seasons they were known as the New York Americans). That’s right, the last time a team accomplished what the New Jersey Devils need to do was before the Original Six era.

Of course, a history lesson won’t be enough to get the Devils to give in.

“We’re not going to quit until someone’s won a fourth game, so we start over,” captain Zach Parise said. “We’ve got to win four straight. That’s it.”

Parise does still have a reason to be optimistic, because the news isn’t all doom-and-gloom. It’s true that no team to has won Games 4 through 7 of the Stanley Cup finals since World War II, but what about the playoffs in general?

Just last year, both the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings managed to force a Game 7 after dropping the first three games of their respective series. Neither team could seal the deal, but it does show that a 3-0 lead can be squandered.

Then, factor in that a mere two years ago, the Philadelphia Flyers were able to defeat the Boston Bruins in the second round of the playoffs after falling down 3-0 in the series and 3-0 in Game 7.

The moral of the story is that the Los Angeles Kings haven’t won anything yet.

That being said, they’re very very close.

Vancouver spa offers gift certificates for rioters’ confessions

Riot Breaks Out After Game In Vancouver

Eccotique Spa in Vancouver is receiving quite a bit of attention this week. In an industry that is supposed to promote tranquility and relaxation, the rouge spa is making waves for a semi-controversial promotion. With the best interests of Vancouver surely at heart, the spa is offering $50 gift certificates to any individuals who come forward and confess to taking part in the riots after Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Yes, this is real.

Check out the slogan for the promotion:

“You didn’t pay for anything at the riots. Why stop now?”

But wait! There’s more! As if that slogan wasn’t perfection in its own right, the Spa’s president Milajne Soligo topped himself in a press release for the promotion. From the Toronto Sun:

“These people obviously had a lot of pent-up anger during all the chaos. We think they need to learn how to calm down and relax, which fits perfectly with our spa offerings.”

Again—yes, this is real. So far, no one has come forward and taken the spa up on their offer. They’d probably get a little more action if it weren’t for the clause in the promotion that calls for “proof of arrest.” Can’t they just take the fan’s misguided youth’s hooligans’ word for it?

Maybe they’re just beating Vancouver fans to the punch? If the Canucks lose in the finals again, fans might channel their inner-Hab fans and loot again. Wait, is it really possible to loot a massage?