taking nothing away from the Kings, who may have won the thing anyway, there's little doubt that last night's game was the wrong way for this series to end. Stoll's hit from behind on Gionta was nasty and went unpunished. 13 seconds later, Bernier came in hard on Scuderi and got what he deserved, the Devils penalty kill looked as energetic as high-schoolers at a 1AM practice after a full day of classes, and that was the Cup. this is what happens when the officials selectively call penalties. Bernier's still an ass, and there's no excuse for what he did, but he should never have been in position to do so.
In between periods they said it right. Stoll's hit, which was not on the numbers (part on the shoulder and part on the right side of his back), could have been called or not. i.e. marginal call that sometimes gets called, sometimes not
Linesman Pierre Racicot got what he deserved when he tried to pick off Volchenkov on the fast break, however. amateur hour in zebra stripes last night...my 6 year old son knows that you skate your ass to the boards, and NEVER towards the net or between a player and the net. PERIOD.
The linesman had to get off the boards because Dustin came in that way. The Devils D completely misplayed him and went to the middle, and Volchenkov was trying to haul ass to correct their breakdown. The collision denied Dustin the opportunity to take it straight to the net, but eventually the disarray that started WELL before that collision (in hockey time) worked out for the Kings. That collision was totally on the Devils, not the linesman
sour grapes aside, well done Kings, you surprised us all and have won your Cup. kindly never do it again.
They certainly took advantage of the situation they were in, and decimated the Devils on the major. And when the Devils had their PP chances on very weak calls (though the Brown trip was clearly a trip) they could do nothing.
It was a close series, and after 3 it certainly would not have been a proper description of the closeness for there to have been a sweep. Nice job Devils to take 2. Some great hockey there.
Kings could definitely be back in the next year or two.