The party had to be put on hold. The fourth win is the toughest one, they say, and it was proved again last night. The Kings didn’t start the Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final too bad. Even though they didn’t capitalize on their first power play which came at 3:02 of the first period, they managed to kill both Devils man advantages. They seemed to be going in the right direction as they generated some good chances towards the end of the period, playing on a power play again. In the last few minutes of the first frame they hit a post twice. Ever since then though it felt like it wasn’t the same team that beat the Devils 4-0 on Monday night. The game was scoreless after two periods. It was the Devils who broke the scoreless tie when Patrick Elias put the puck behind Quick at 7:56 of the third period. Even though the Kings tied it on a power play exactly one minute later with a goal from Drew Doughty, the Devils managed to grab the lead again. Adam Henrique made it 2-1 with only 4:31 left in the third period. The Kings weren’t able to manage anything more offensively, also due to outstanding Brodeur in the Devils net and at 19:40 Ilya Kovalchuk added an empty netter to make it 3-1. The Devils won, thus forcing a Game 5 which will be played on Saturday at 8 p.m. ECT.

Simon had a really good game. Even though he played only for 7:49 minutes (on the fourth line with Lewis & Fraser), he managed to create some great chances. He had a semi-breakaway towards the end of the second period but Martin Brodeur came up big and kicked the puck away. In the third period, Gagne had a 2-on-1 chance with Trevor Lewis, passing him the puck beautifully, Lewis couldn’t capitalize though. Simon had 2 shots on goal and 3 missed shots and also recorded 1:02 of power play time. Despite having a really good game he finished it with minus-1 rating, that only because he was on the ice for the Kovalchuk’s empty netter.

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