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Los Angeles Kings vs New Jersey Devils Playoffs Round 4 Home Game 3

The Los Angeles Kings could be just one win away from their FIRST ever NHL Stanley Cup win.

The Kings lost 1-2 against the Devils last night, making the New Jersey Devils the third team in the history of the NHL to change their luck from being 0-3 in a seven game finals to winning two games, ensuring game 6.

The Kings have proven that they will do everything they can to end the series once and for all tomorrow night with the home-court Staples Center advantage once again playing in their favor!

Regardless of who wins the Stanley Cup this year, NHL History will be made:
•The Los Angeles Kings are looking for their first Stanley Cup in the team’s 45-year history.
•The Devils, should they win the next two games, would become the first team in 70 years to win a Stanley Cup after being down 3-0 in the series.

The Kings would also become the first team since the Detroit Red Wings pulled it off in 1997 to win the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals on the road and then win the title.

Since the 2000 playoffs, there have been 135 series played (not counting the 2012 Stanley Cup finals), according to CBS Sports. In 29 of those series, the road team won the first two games of the playoff series. In 23 of those 29 series, that road team went on to win the series and advance to the next round.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what playoff round had the most series where the road team won the first two games of the series (since 2000):

Conference Quarterfinals: 15 (those road teams won the series 10 of the 15 times)

Conference Semifinals: nine (those road teams won eight of the nine series)

Conference Finals: five (those road teams won the series each time)

The Kings are also the first road team to win the first two games of the series in each of four rounds of a playoff. The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim won the first two games of the first three rounds of the 2003 playoffs as the road team. In the finals, however, they lost Games 1 & 2 to the New Jersey Devils.

In 1949, the Toronto Maple Leafs won Games 1 and 2 as the road team in the semifinals and the Stanley Cup Finals. Whereas the Maple Leafs accomplished this feat in two rounds of the playoffs, the Kings accomplished it this year in four rounds of the playoffs.

The Kings are the 12th team to win Games 1 and 2 of the finals as the road team in a seven-game series. Of the previous 11 teams to accomplish this, nine went on to win the title. Will the Kings follow suit?

Here’s a look at the road teams that won Game 1 and 2 of a seven-game Stanley Cup finals:

Year, Road team wins games 1 and 2 (series outcome)

2012 L.A. Kings (?)

1997 Detroit Redwings (won Cup over Philadelphia Flyers)

1995 N.J. Devils (won Cup over Detroit)

1990 Edmonton Oilers (won Cup over Boston)

1983 N.Y. Islanders (won Cup over Edmonton)

1970 Boston (won Cup over St. Louis Blues)

1968 Montreal (won Cup over St. Louis)

1966 Detroit (lost Cup to Montreal)

1952 Detroit (won Cup over Montreal)

1949 Toronto (won Cup over Detroit)

1945 Toronto (won Cup over Detroit)

1942 Detroit (lost Cup to Toronto)

Last Night’s NBA Playoff’s: Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers vs. Nuggets!

Last night the Los Angeles Clippers lost against the Memphis Grizzlies in a grueling 105-98 Memphis win. The result of last nights game placed both teams on an even keel in the playoff series; both the Los Angeles Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies have won one game each! In their first playoff game the Clippers beat the Grizzlies 99-98. It has been a nail-bitingly close experience for Clippers fans. Game three for the Clippers-Memphis NBA Playoffs series will be back in Los Angeles this Saturday, May 5th.

The Clippers kicked off the playoffs in Game 1 with an explosive momentum, shooting nearly 65% of their shots in the first quarter alone. The second game didn’t fare as well for the Clippers, with the absence of Caron Butler due to a broken metacarpal and also losing their home game advantage. But Butler was replaced by Bobby Simmons in Game 2 and there are high hopes for Clippers fans at this Saturday’s game.

The Lakers are faring much better than their fellow Los Angeles Staples Center team; winning both of their NBA Playoff games thus far against the Denver Nuggets! They will lose their home game advantage for their next game as they head to Denver and the Clippers will switch places, heading to Los Angeles.

It is the first time in NBA history that both Los Angeles teams are in the NBA Playoff’s and it seems no matter who your rooting for, Los Angeles basketball fans have just never been so excited. Don’t miss your chance to see either of our NBA teams live at the Los Angeles Staples Center. Whether it’s Clippers Staples Center tickets or Los Angeles Lakers Playoffs Ticets you want, at www.BarrysTickets.com we stock the best inventory available!