Deja Vu for the Devils
Hello again and happy Monday. What an amazing week it was in the world of sports. There is Baxter’s clutch catch to save Santana’s no hitter, a first for both Santana and the New York Mets’ ball club. Then there was the NBA Conference Finals where OKC came back from a 2-0 disadvantage against the Spurs to tie the series and Boston doing the same against Miami. As if this wasn’t enough for one week, Mexico defeated Brazil 2-0 with an amazing chip-shot off the right post and a well deserved penalty kick. We even got to see some vintage Tiger in the Memorial Tournament with his version of the chip-shot that sent him to the top of the leader boards. I could stop here and be completely satisfied with how my weekend of pure sports bliss went, really I could, but there is more.
The Los Angeles Kings are at it again. To recap, the Kings entered the Playoffs as the 8th seed, the last seed. The highly underestimated, as we now know, Kings have only lost two of their 16 playoff games. The first came in round one against the number one seeded Canucks and the second came from Phoenix in round three. Other than that, it’s been nothing but wins. Continuing this winning theme in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Kings have taken a 2-0 lead, with both of the W’s coming in overtime at the New Jersey Devils’ home rink. I would hate to speak too soon, but with the next two games at home for the Kings in L.A., we could possibly see a Stanley Cup sweep.
Now, the play that topped this spectacular seven days of sports heaven. Almost identical to their win in game one, the Kings scored in overtime again to win game two. Twelve minutes into OT, after a very brief attack by the Devils, the Kings sent the puck up to Drew Doughty at center ice. Doughty makes a game changing back hand pass to a wide open Anze Kopitar, who only has the goalie to beat. Kopitar flies down the ice and in one sweet, swift motion finds the back of the net for the win and deja vu for the Devils.