Just a couple of days ago the prospect of seeing Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, and the L.A. Kings hoisting Lord Stanley's Cup seemed all but a formality. After two-straight Devils victories, New Jersey is only a win away from pushing the Stanley Cup Finals to the absolutely last game of the NHL season, a decisive game 7.
With the Phillies getting a much needed day off today, Stanley Cup Finals hockey is your best sporting TV option. It's playoff hockey with one team a win away from the greatest achievement in the sport. What's not to love. If the Devils pull off another victory tonight on the Kings' home ice, you'd have to think the Devils would become the favorite to take it all. Feel free to chat about the action in the comments.
8:00 start time on NBCSN. Keep an eye out for your intermission stat sheet showing up late.
Photo Caption: June 6, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA;
Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards (10) and center Jeff Carter (77)
battle for the puck along the boards with New Jersey Devils defenseman
Bryce Salvador (24) and defenseman Marek Zidlicky (2) during the second
period in game four of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals at the Staples
Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
Dealing with injuries in their crease, the Los Angeles Kings called the Flyers to check in on the availability of bad goalie Steve Mason, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.
Kings starter and otherwise really good goalie Jonathan Quick is out up to three months with a groin injury, while backup Jeff Zatkoff is currently on injured reserve with a groin injury too.
Before eventually brining in former Predators and Coyotes goaltender Anders Lindbach, Los Angeles called around the league to see if any teams might be able to help them find a replacement for Quick. Mason was one of the potential candidates, Friedman said, but Mason's $4.1 million cap hit couldn't fit into their cap situation. Plus, the Flyers don't have any cap flexibility, either.
Mason is 4-2 with a 2.77 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in six games this season.
Get this guy season tickets! (Just kidding, we don't endorse this kind of behavior and almost don't find it funny at all)
A man who if you were kind of drunk could almost look like Larry Bird's second cousin was ejected from the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night for showing a bit of negative emotion directed at Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook.
Kids, if you're reading at home, stop....
earmuffs ** He flipped him the double bird ** earmuffs
The fan was later removed from his seat and probably told to act like a decent human.