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Dustin Penner #25 of the Los Angeles Kings checks David Clarkson #23 of the New Jersey Devils in Game Four of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
They were hoping to continue their winning streak to lift the Stanley Cup on home soil, but the LA Kings didn't quite pull it out of the bag last night. The Kings hit the post twice and failed to capitalize on many opportunities to wrap up the series, but with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the New Jersey Devils, the two teams head East to battle is out at the Prudential Center in New Jersey on Saturday. But all is not lost.
The Kings still have the advantage, having secured three wins in the series so far. A win at the weekend on Devils home turf would end forty five years of heartache for Kings fans, following a bankruptcy, three owners and two lockouts. Being crowned the NHL kings of the ice would also go a long way to healing the wounds of fans who still blame Marty McSorley for an illegal stick move in game two of the 1993 Stanley Cup series. They say McSorley's error handed the Cup to the Montreal Canadiens on a platter.
Were you there last night? Are you disappointed with home the Kings performed? Will you be travelling to New Jersey to support the Kings? What impact do you think playing away will have on the team? Have you already planned your Kings victory party? Or are you concerned that the Devils will get a second wind and the series will go down to the wire in game 7?
Helene Elliott, Sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times