As I informed you on Twitter yesterday, the Kings inserted Simon Gagne back into the line-up, in place of Brad Richardson. Needless to say it was probably the best news in months.
The Kings returned to their home arena with a 2-0 lead over the New Jersey Devils, seeking another win to grab a commanding 3-0 lead. After the scoreless first period, which saw the Devils fail to cash in on multiple power plays (a lengthy 5 on 3 inlcuded) the Kings opened the score at 5:40 of the second period with a goal from Alec Martinez. At 15:07 of the middle frame LA extended their lead to 2-0 when Williams-Brown-Kopitar line made a beatufiul tic-tac-toe play, getting the puck behind Brodeur from a stick of Kopitar. At 3:29 of the third period the Kings got their first power play opportunity in the series when Mark Fayne went to the penalty box for cross-checking. Unlike the Devils who had total of 5 PP chances, the Kings cashed in. Jeff Carter made it 3-0 at 4:15. Not even 3 minutes later Justin Williams scored another power play goal to make it 4-0. And that was it. With a tremendous goaltending from Jonathan Quick and great team’s penalty kill the LA Kings won and took the 3-0 lead in the series. They will be looking to ending the series on Wednesday, playing for the first Cup in franchise history.
It was Simon‘s first game since suffering an injury on December 26 2011 and he played really solid. He played most of his time on the fourth line and his 6:39 minutes of ice time came all at even strength. As the game went on it was visible he was getting more and more comfortable. He was credited with 3 shots on net (top of the Kings along with Williams and Carter) and one hit.