Game 2 of the Stanley Cup is just six hours away, and the Kings concluded their morning skate at The Prudential Center about an hour ago.
Here is what it looked and sounded like:
New Jersey defensemen Adam Larsson and Henrik Tallinder and goalie Johan Hedberg, all of whom reside from Sweden, talked about the retirement of fellow countryman Nicklas Lidstrom Thursday.
Lindstrom spent his entire 20-year NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings, and is an icon in Sweden. Some consider him the second-best defenseman to ever play behind Bobby Orr.
Here is the video of the Devils paying their respect today:
Hey, I like Radiohead just as much as anyone. But fact is the British rock band is likely to blame for the two-day layoff between Game I and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final as they are playing The Rock (The Prudential Center) Thursday and Friday.
Which is why Game 2 is being played on Saturday.
No big deal.
Anyway, The Rock was being set up for tonight’s concert so the Kings were pushed over to the practice rink for their workout today in Newark.
As it is, the only Kings that made it to the ice were backups who didn’t play in Game 1 and the healthy scratches from Game 1.
The regulars basically watched film and got treatment today, which is a good idea considering it’s just as important to get rest as it is to practice this time of year.
Here is some video of their workout:
By the way, all the regulars will hit the ice hard ice tomorrow as Kings coach Darryl Sutter is intent on shaking the sluggish out of them.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter is focused on looking ahead – not behind – as the Kings prepare for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the N ew Jersey Devils Saturday in Newark.
That said, after reflecting on the Kings Game 1 victory Wednesday Sutter said his team was admittedly sluggish – he didn’t seem happy about that – and his front-line players were not as sharp as they have been throughout the playoffs.
Sutter talked about that and plenty more after Kings practice this afternoon, as you will see in this video.
Keep checking in throughout the night I’ll have plenty of video to get you through the off day!!!
Vinny B. in Jersey/Manhattan
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was his usual self Wednesday in the Kings 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
A day later in Newark he talked about Game 1 and what he thinks about Game 2 Saturday.
Keep coming back I’ll be posting a bunch of video from the Kings light workout this afternoon
So on the media bus ride back from Newark to Manhattan I sat next to a hockey writer from the Toronto Globe and Mail who was going on an on about what an intelligent player Kings winger Justin Williams is.
Obviously Anze Kopitar gets all the credit for his overtime goal that won Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the New Jersey Devils, and rightfully so because he knew he was dealing with less than ideal ice which curtailed his creativity and he made the one juke/pause move he could on Devils goalie Martin Brodeur to create an open look.
Once he got it, he took advantage.
But if you rewind the tape a little bit further you’ll see Williams draw two defenders to him after Dustin Brown chipped the puck along the wall to him, then flick pass it to Kopitar leading to the winning goal.
It was smart, savvy hockey. And Williams sheds some light on the play – among other things – in this video:
It was hot – really hot – Wednesday night at The Prudential Center in Newark, the Kings were a little sluggish and Devils goalie Martin Brodeur was on top of his game.
But this is the playoffs, the Kings are on the road and just like they have throughout their dream postseason run they found a way to make enough plays to win Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Dustin Brown explained what went down in Newark after the game.
And don’t forget to check back tonight and tomorrow morning. It’s New York, the city that never sleeps, and I’ll be staying up late to drop more video for you guys.
Vinny B in Jersey/Manhattan