New Jersey Devils @ LA Kings Stanley Cup Finals Game 3 Open Forum – One For The Money

The Kings and I are back in Los Angeles. We have brought with us two more road wins for you.

I also bring warnings from Hell / Newark.

There will be much fanfare by the NHL before the game and with it, the hockey gods will perform temptations. Enjoy what you may, but be wary, there will be people with TVs strapped to their backs. You will be drawn to them, but stay away my friends, stay far away. They will ask to take your picture with your arms raised so that they may digitally impose Lord Stanley’s Cup in your hands over your head. You will want to do it, your children will want to do it. Show your resolve, buy your child a souvenir instead. Do not succumb to the draw of this digital affront to the hockey gods, free though it may seem. No one may hold the Cup over his head, digital or otherwise, until it has been earned.

It has not been earned. Yet.

Also, if you plan to bring a physical model of the Cup to the game, think otherwise. Simply believe in and cheer for your Kings and the real thing may just be there on Wednesday because with a win tonight, the Kings can put a stranglehold on the Stanley Cup Finals. A loss and the New Jersey Devils are given a glimmer of false hope.

The big question is how the Devils will respond to having squandered a home ice advantage that no 6th seeded team has ever enjoyed in the Cup finals. They were two whiffs away from being up 2-0 instead of down. Dejection or reaffirming of resolve?

I don’t dare to question which is the answer. The Devils will be desperate. There will be a balls to the wall press to get the first goal. Whether Kovalchuk is injured, if mega millions can buy a shred of soul, Ilya better hope to have gotten a receipt. But what of the the Kings, Brown and Williams? Two top players who have played below their own set playoff standards. If Devils must rise to the challenge of avoiding imminent failure, so must Kings killer instinct drive the infliction of a fatal wound.

Neither team has of yet played up to its desired level.

As this is the first Stanley Cup game that will be witnessed live in Los Angeles in 19 years, let us be the X factor. There is only one moment that I would expect to be louder at Staples Center than tomorrow must be and that involves a weight being hoisted over a number of Kings players’ heads. If the Kings must fight a battle, let us make the call to war.

If you do not have tickets to the game, you should still find yourself in LA Live by 5pm tomorrow. Show this city that there is no greater thrall to fandom than the impassioned Los Angeles Kings fan. Tomorrow let all hockey markets bear witness to how wrong they are when they presume that LA does not care about its team. Anyone can root for a team that is winning. Can you show up and make the earth tremble with love, roar with excitement, by the power of your passion and the burgeoning of your hockey soul’s fulfillment?

You can.

We will.

Oh hockey gods, we are yours, yours is the will and the way. For safe and victorious passage through game three, we pray.

In the name of the Captain, the Son of Philly and the Holy Goalie.

Glory be to the Captain,
And to the Son of Philly,
And to the Holy Goalie
As it was in the beginning, is now,
And ever shall be,
Playoffs with the Cup end. Amen.

Bless us Oh Hockey Gods, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive, from thy bounty, through LA Kings, Our Team. Amen.

Blessed are You, Kings our Team and Team of our fathers, Team of Dionne, Team of Luc and Team of Gretzky, the great, mighty and awesome Team, exalted Team, who bestows bountiful goals, who creates all wins, who remembers the insanity of the fans, and who, in love, brings a redeemer to their fans’ children, for the sake of Our Kings.

In hockey heavens who is great? Thou Kings art great!
On ice who is great? Thou Kings art great!
When thy voice resounds in hockey heaven, the hockey gods fall prostrate!
When thy voice resounds on ice, the NHL kiss the snow!

Peace be upon no New Jersey fan, without mercy or blessing of Kings.

Holy Sutter, Holy Stevens;
We give you thanks
that your Schemes, Attitude and Leadership
Are manifest with Power and Pressure
throughout all zones,
within all lines,
and we accept your Tutelage now,
in defense and forecheck.

I pray to the wunderkind, the play-maker, destroyer of all cap space, the enemy of forwards, of great brilliance, the descendent of Orr and of Borque, the one who shines like the Dewey flower.

I invoke and call upon thee O Father Mitchell,
Lord of long stick, Master of all lanes and gaps.
I invite you to the blue line;
Defend it, sustain it, make it home.

Blessed is he who is The Piece for the sake of wholeness.

As it was,
As it is,
As it shall be
O Thou Carter
Of goals!
With the forehand
With the backhand
O Thou Carter
Of goals!
With the forehand
With the backhand

Our Rookies, King of steadfastness, strengthened Nolan, Voynov foothold, support us against the disdainful people.

I profess myself a Penner-worshipper, a Pennercakean, having vowed it and professed it. I pledge myself to the well-played puck, I pledge myself to the well-delivered hit, I pledge myself to the well-fed monster.

Let us know victory.
For as long as the skates shall glide,
For as long as the chemistry shall flow,
For as long as the goal light shall shine,
For as long as the confidence shall grow,
Let us know victory.

Lord Stanley the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devils.
May hockey gods rebuke them, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Icy Hosts –
by the Divine Power of hockey gods –
cast into defeat, DeBoer and all his Devil spirits,
who roam throughout Los Angeles, seeking the ruin of our hockey souls.

Voices above,
Voices of Fans,
Yell from your couch or barstool;
Voices below,
LA King’s Inner-voices,
Speak from the dreams of childhood;
So may our playoffs be beautiful.

I think over again our regular season.
Our fears,
Those small games that seemed so big,
For all the vital wins
We had to get and reach.
And yet there is only one great win,
The only win,
To live to see the great day that dawns
And the silver light that fills the Cup.

Our Kings, who art on home ice
Hallowed be thy game.
Thy kingdom come, thy wills be done
On our ice as it was on theirs.
Give us this day our daily goals, and forgive no Devil their transgressions
As we pound into submission those who trespass against us.
And lead us past this final round,
Past these evil Devil fucks.

Hail Kopi, full of grace, the fans are with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst players and blessed are the fruit of thy skills, goals.
Holy Kopi, dominant of centers, play for us sinners,
Now until the hour of our Cup.

Go fucking nuts.






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45 replies

  1. Ticket to Game 2 = $300.00, new Kings jersey for the game = $125.00, driving distance to New Jersey = 1375 miles return….meeting Surly and being there live to watch Carter score in OT and shut 18000 Devil fans up = PRICELESS!!!!

    Nice meeting you Surly (it’s Stephane), and also Greg from San Diego & Andrew from L.A.

    Was great being able to watch/celebrate a Kings victory with other Kings fans…not too many of us where I live (East coast of Canada).

    GO KINGS GO!!!!!

  2. Damn I wish I could go to LA live tonight, but I have zero money at the moment. Whats even worse is that IF the Kings win tonight, my father who has been a Kings fan since 1974 will be out of town for business for game 4 and It would suck I couldn’t share that moment with him.

  3. Go Kings! May many a toothless Devil walk off the ice with nothing but their own tears to use as lube when they go home and fantasize about the Cup they did not win! I shall be in the crowd of ticketless Kings fans shouting my usual war cry of “bust their teeth!!!” while my tiny minion is at home screaming “hit em hard” at the television. Beers shall be consumed in the names of former stars such as Luc, Gretzky and Hrudy, and the ultimate mullet warriors Melrose and McSorley! GO KINGS GO!!!!!!

  4. AMEN!!!!

    Go KINGS!!

  5. Looks like this will be the “thrilla on Figueroa” tonight. I just want to see the Kings respond to the roars and chants and noise from the packed house, where they notch up their game to push and pressure the Devils into their own end boards.

    Maybe finally the Devils will commit some penalties out of nerves or anger, or whatever, because so far they have not coughed up that many penalties.

    It seems that every new King game produces a new skating hero, and who will it be tonight?

    Seems like it is Brown’s or Richard’s turn, but, at this stage, just give me another Kings’s skating hero, as Quick is the honorary hero in any event.

  6. Go Kings Go!!!
    My family and I enjoy these prayers before each game. It gives focus to each game, each play and each shift, so we keep our sanity and poise as fans. At this point, NBC and its east coast bias dies’t bother me. I mute them out and keep Bob Miller’s voice in the back ground from “king’s live” segments of prior games.
    Call me crazy or nuts and I could care less. This ritual will be repeated tonight as wellas long as our KINGS win and bring us closet to the Holy Grail of Hockey—The Cup—
    I believe in our Kings.
    Go Kings Go!!!!

  7. I’m thinking that the Kings are going to have a breakout game tonight – the last four have been a little soft but for the Yogi Kudu moves of Jon Quick. The defense is holding up though. Damn I’m nervous!

  8. Holy shit, Simon Gagne is coming into the lineup in the place of Brad Richardson. Richardson is not hurt. I am not sure I like this. Not sure I hate it either. Just on the fence. Surly and I talked about how I would not mind seeing him the powerplay but the 4th line has been great. Is it wise to mess with the chemistry?

    • I guess we’ll find out. I’m like 65/35 on this, for the positive.

    • I am on the fence on this one as well. One one hand, why mess with the forth line that has been great so far, but on the other hand, this could be the answer the Power Play has been looking for to get out of their scoring funk. Gagne is a proven playoff scorer.

    • I just read that too and I think that’s a terrible move. Gagne is too fragile a player and he’s not played a game since the beginning of the season. Why not put Cliffy in? Gagne get’s sneezed on he’s out with another concussion.

    • The 4th line has been good, buts its been mostly Fraser and Nolan. Richardson hasn’t been doing much individually for 5-6 games now. I’ve been wanting Clifford in that spot, still do, but Gagne could bring a lot if he is truly 100% percent.

      • I think Sutter see’s that both PKs are being effective, and that the 5-on-5 game is extremely even. An advantage in Power Play, even if it is one goal vs. none, could be a backbreaker in either direction. Making changes to a successful team still makes me nervous, but if anybody, Richardson is the best choice, since mostly what he is bringing is speed, and Gagne won’t be much of a step back in that department.

        • Love your point, but the dude hasn’t played competitive hockey in what…… six months? Like, the off season. And I don’t have to mention that the pace and intensity isn’t even close to what Doughty struggled with in the regular season. Not saying I like it and not saying I don’t. But in terms of skating and speed, I don’t expect Gagne to be at the level of Richardson.
          That said, I was watching Richardson carefully in game 2 and he did seem a bit overmatched at moments.

      • Interesting point. If Fraser/Nolan keep grinding it out like they have been, Gagne doesn’t need to actually do anything, other than snipe off outlet passes from pucks those two retrieve–and that would be HUGE.

    • This could be one of those turning point moments where a series is won or lost. Chemistry is huge especially now.

    • I don’t see the big risk if he’s playing on the 4th line and getting some PP time. Richardson is fast…decent on the forecheck…but is useless with the puck.

      Gagne has veteran leadership…has played in the Finals…and has had success against Brodeur during his career.

      Gagne at 70% is better than Richardson at 100% in my opinion.

      Sutter wouldn’t fuck with anything if he didn’t feel Gagne could contribute. And if Gags has a bad game…then Sutter can pull him for Game 4.

      I like this move. But I will not like it if he plays anywhere else besides the 4th line and PP.

  9. My guess is Gagne will be to Stoll’s left so it will be Stoll centering Gagne and Lewis and Fraser centering King and Nolan.

      • Yeah, that’s a bad idea. 1) don’t break up the 3rd line chemistry, 2) don’t put two rookies on the same line.

        My guess is Gagne will play a few 5-on-5 minutes, just enough to give other guys a rest, without exposing his rust too much, and then he will be inserted on the Power Play, which, lets face it, ruining the power play is not a fear we need to have at this point.

  10. Will be there tonight! Section 319. Hope to see some of you there.

  11. inserting a player the caliber of Gagné when you’re up two zip can only be a good thing

  12. You guys are mentioning Gagne may provide a spark for our PP. Again, I think to everyone but Dutch it has become apparant that it is not a player issue, more of a design issue. Look at how the good PP’s are run, the Kings PP is garbage. But hey, he may help.

    With that all said, Gagne hasn’t played a game in months. Practice speed is a hell of a lot different than game speed. Sure, on the 4th line he will only be out there for around 8 -10 minutes.

    The negatives… he barely got a chance to learn and play under Murray’s system, let alone the tweaks Sutter made. He may know the X’s and O’s, but just because you know something doesn’t mean you can perform up to the level needed. Why mess with something that works? Sure, Richardson has been the weakest link on the 4th line, but I don’t think he’s been bad either. Just meh.

    I’m more worried that his lack of playing time / chemistry could possibly lead to a missed read and a goal. The Kings are up 2-0 right now. Sure, they haven’t dominated the Devils, but they haven’t been dominated either and 2-0 is 2-0.

    This is why Sutter makes money and I post on blogs and say boobs and tits. I’m not completely against the move, I just don’t understand the necessity.

    • Oh, about the PP, I was trying to get to the point that with the people we have on the PP already, some more talented than Gagne, I just have to wonder what he could possibly do differently in a PP designed for failure?

      Gagne does know how to score against Brodeur so that is a major plus.

      I just hope it works out.

  13. Heading to the game soon….can not fucking wait. If the Kings are leading after the 1st or 2nd period, track me down and i’ll buy you a beer >=) Sec 326 Row 2 Seat 1

  14. Fuck looks like Gagne is in. Now I’m nervous for the first time this entire fucking run.

    • It’s not like they’re putting in Scott Parse for Christ’s sakes

      • Shit might as well be. Gagne Parse what’s the difference but who the hell knows the guy might get a HT tonight? I think Sutter’s fucking crazy for doing it. SC finals man no room for error.

  15. I am not a huge fan of Gagne’s, but at this point I think it unwise to question Sutter’s decision to make this move. He sees the chemistry in practice, and if it wasn’t there, I don’t think he’d make this change. I also believe that the Devils will be even more physical, knowing that our PP is weak. They will take more chances with brutal hits. For that possibility, Clifford would seem to make more sense. Hey Surly…..are you going to miss getting on a subway and then a train to get to the game?

  16. As for Gagne, there will always be pros and cons over this decision.
    Gagne deserves every fans applause and support at Staples. That will lift everyone’s spirits.
    I say NJ has to make adjustments now and they probably are not happy to doing more adjustments.
    Hopefully NJ will adjust themselves into more confusion and frustrations.

    GO KINGS GO!!!!

  17. AMEN Surly! Hoping for a stellar performance from Gagne but not counting on it. Nail biting and shaking in my boots over here!

    • Isn’t that funny. What if the series were tied 1-1 or the Kings were down 2-0. Then we’d all be like really really nervous. Now I’m just plain nervous (ish). I think I’d be less so had they been more dominant at home this year. But I know DS has been working on instilling a different attitude on home ice.

  18. As nervous as I’ve been, I will be most nervous tonight. But for some strange reason, I’m calm about Gagne. He has scored 19 times on Marty after all, and in 2010 scored a game winner in OT against Boston…Yes, could go either way, but I’m pulling for him. I’m confident in Sutters decision, especially since I was TOTALLY nervous and against bring Carter over…I now shut my trap and let the big boss handle his business…it’s been hella good for us thus far. Besides, it’s not like he’s taking up a 1st, 2nd or 3rd line spot….

    I will be reading the prayer again just to ensure our win.

    EVERYONE @ Staples tonight, SHOW em how LOUD we can get. ROCK THE HOUSE!!!!



  19. Ahhhhh mennnnn

  20. NBC just showed tips on ways to beat Quick.
    More bias again. They want game 7 for money only.

  21. So Penner gets a penalty for skating in front of Broduer and Quick gets airlifted a no call?

  22. NJ is flooding 3 players deep to forecheck and leaving them at risk for Kings counter attacks.
    They have no choice but play desperation hockey. So Kings know that game and are clearing great.
    NJ needs to choke up penalties.

  23. Maybe the strongest desired game by Kings this playoff season. Great job big men!

  24. One more baby!!!! That was Kings hockey!

  25. HOLY F******* S*** WE DID IT! 3-0!!! IT’S OUR TIME!!!!


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