NEWARK, N.J. — As
On Friday night, the
King was stationed in front of Devils goaltender
"I told those kids between periods, you guys should have a little bit more energy because you're used to eight-hour bus rides," he said.
Said Scrivens, who faced 26 shots: "We played three in three [nights] with some bus trips in between. I get on the bus and put on my blinders."
Unlike the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, however, when the teams put on a far more memorable show with the Kings winning in six tense games, this one lived down to the hype.
The Kings could be forgiven for that because they played Thursday night against the
Sutter recalled an instance when he was with Calgary when the
"The goalie's got to win games. … The No. 1 goalie went out before, the top goalie in the league, and another goalie played 10 games and nobody talked about him," Sutter said. "It was Jamie McLennan. We made the playoffs because of what Jamie McLennan did during that stretch. Maybe that's what this guy has got to do."
On Friday, Kings General Manager
The Devils, meanwhile, are a shadow of the team that gave the Kings a scare in 2012. Since then, they've lost
The result was a flat game played in front of a half-empty
"To withhold their push in the first period was huge for our team," King said. Ben "got a little confidence in himself. Just grinding till the end until we got the goal."
Quick's absence will give Scrivens a chance to prove he is a bona fide
"There are only so many chances you get at this level," Scrivens said. "So you've got to be ready. You never know when it's going to come."