After a meaty break between the conference finals and Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup finals, the hockey public was ready for the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils to kick things off in Newark. The Kings won Game 1 by a score of 2-1 in OT (Discuss it here), but let’s take a look at the game through the eyes of Twitter.
(To make it easier to navigate, we’ll just quote or paraphrase the Tweets rather than bogging down your browser/phone with screen caps.)
New Jersey fans had their own clever remarks for the New York Rangers last round, yet the Los Angeles Kings’ Twitter feed reveals that they might need to get warmed up a bit for an unfamiliar foe:
“Crowd starts a ‘Beat L.A.’ chant. Pretty sure we’ve heard that one a few times.”
Yup, the Lakers and Clippers have heard it too.
Things started out without much rhythm; Sam Carchidi described a “lack of flow” shown by the fact that there was just one shot in the first five minutes. Arthur Staple captured the Devils’ stilted beginning with a little more color and sarcasm, though.
“[Devils had] more icings (three), offsides (two) and blocked shots (two) than shots on goal through 5:15. Clearly the fault of the Rangers — poisoned the game.”
Well played. Colin Fraser finally broke the ice with a 1-0 goal, which was the first of his playoff career. Dan Tencer reminds us of Fraser’s interesting path to that tally.
“Colin Fraser, the subject of a grievance filed by the LA Kings against the Edmonton Oilers prior to the season, opens the Cup finals scoring.”
As you may remember, Dean Lombardi dropped a Bernie Madoff reference because of that incident.
The Kings carried the early play, prompting people like James Mirtle to feel even more emboldened about picking them in their series predictions. Gary Lawless asked about the so-called rust that many expected to see from Los Angeles, although it must be said that they didn’t quite steamroll through Game 1 like they have before.
After Kopitar ended the contest, the praise started rolling out (except for Martin Brodeur and for Marek Zidlicky, that is). Carchidi referred to their efforts as “amazing” while also pointing out that road teams are 15-9 in overtime in the 2012 playoffs. Jim Rome had this amusing bit of praise:
“Bam! Kings win! They cannot lose on the road. Unbelievable.”
Even Tommy Lasorda congratulated the Kings.
Unfortunately, Eric Hornick finishes things off with some doom and gloom – which might be doubly disturbing for Kings fans.
“2004 Lightning were the last team to drop Game 1 of Stanley Cup finals at home and rebound to win Cup. Of course, a lockout followed.”