This is the 13th Stanley Cup Final that I have covered in one form or another, and they all have their own rhythms. This one has been, in one way, just what I expected, low-scoring, defensive hockey, after all, that is what got the Devils and Kings here in the first place. But at the same time, this final is developing a streaky nature that is very unusual, with the Kings winning the first three, two in OT, and now the Devils winning the last two, sending the series back to L.A. for game six Monday Night.
Zach Parise led off the scoring for New Jersey at 12:45 of the first, when he slammed the puck into the net on a power-play goal. The only other scoring occurred into the second when Justin Williams
tied the score, then Bryce Savador put the Devils ahead to stay, when he scored at 9:05 from Alexi Ponikarovsky and Travis Zajac. There was no further scoring, and one wonders: this is the 70th anniversary of the Red Wing collapse of 1942, could history repeat itself?