May 30, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Los Angeles Kings players celebrate after the game-winning goal by center Anze Kopitar (not pictured) during overtime in game one of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. The Kings won 1-0 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Stanley Cup Final Game 1 - Kopitar Takes Game 1 in Overtime

The Game started out in rather dull fashion, which is not very surprising given the amount of time between the conference finals and the start of the cup series.  Los Angeles held the pace early on, with the Devils looking content to ice the puck at will and simply feel their way into the game.  The Kings did not get many quality chances, and the ones which they got the puck was being shot erratically wide and high.  Then in the third period after registering only five shots through the first two, the Devils woke up.

This was the perfect storm for New Jersey really, as Jonathon Quick had to be in an awkward spot seeing so little work, and then all at once getting shelled.  The Devils seem to play this rope a dope style which they can stutter through games and all at once look like world beaters.  The Kings looked like they were testing the old theory of sending pucks at Marty’s feet, which did not do much for them.  How athletic is Brodeur to still have the ability to make these incredible saves at his age.

In the end, game one was what most people would have expected it to be.  These two teams played each other twice this season, hardly enough to build up a hatred.  The Kings do not have a league wide reputation like the Canucks did for diving and complaining, so there is no percieved hatred among the players for the opposite jersey.  The feeling out process has has started, and by game two there should be more than a dozen reasons for each of these teams to hate each other.  The question is, what will be the turning point, from a series between two teams to a bloodsport.  What is a turning point might you ask, here are some examples below;

note that this video is somewhat violent in nature, viewer discretion is advised

 

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