Chicago knocked them out both years

LOS ANGELES (AP) Keith Kinkaid has always performed well against the Los Angeles Kings.Entering the crux of a six-game road trip crucial to the New Jersey’s playoff hopes [url=http://www.sabresshoponline.com/authentic-jeff-skinner-jersey]Adidas Jeff Skinner Jersey[/url] , the Devils‘ goalie tormented the Kings once again.Kinkaid stopped 38 saves for his first shutout of the season, helping the Devils improve their playoff positioning with a 3-0 win over the Kings on Saturday.”He’s a big reason why we’ve been able to be competitive and continue to be competitive down the stretch,” Devils coach John Hynes said. ”We need him to continue to be very good. It’s nice to see Keith rise up. He’s playing extremely well right now, so let’s keep going with it.”Michael Grabner, Nico Hischier and Miles Wood each scored for the Devils, who have won three straight and four of five. New Jersey remained in the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, one point behind Metropolitan Division rivals Philadelphia and Columbus, who both won later Saturday night.Jonathan Quick made 25 saves for the Kings, who are tied with Anaheim for third in the Pacific.Kinkaid is 3-0-0 in his career against the Kings with two shutouts. He has won four consecutive starts and is 9-2-0 in his last 11.”I guess I like playing against them,” Kinkaid said with a smile when asked about facing the Kings. ”They come out real hard and we just had to weather their storm. Fortunately, we got a few good goals there and a few good breaks. … I’ll take wins no matter how they come, whether it’s 8-3, 7-5 or 3-0. Any win is good right now.”Kinkaid’s dominance of the Kings was especially evident in the first period when he made 19 saves, stopping nine shots during the Kings’ four power-plays [url=http://www.sabresshoponline.com/authentic-tage-thompson-jersey]Adidas Tage Thompson Jersey[/url] , including 58 seconds of 5-on-3 play.”He’s played well against us, so we weren’t surprised he played because his record against us is very good,” Kings coach John Stevens said. ”I just thought we didn’t do enough to make his job more difficult. We were at the net, but not taking his eyes away enough.”The Kings’ inability to execute on the power play was costly, with Grabner’s short-handed goal at 8:29 of the first period giving the Devils a 1-0 lead when he intercepted Drew Doughty’s pass at the blue line to spring his breakaway.New Jersey’s 10 short-handed goals are tied with Florida, Nashville and Edmonton for most in the NHL.It was the first short-handed goal allowed at home by the Kings this season, which leaves Carolina as the only team in the NHL that has not conceded a short-handed goal at home.”That turned out to be the biggest play of the game,” Kings center Anze Kopitar said. ”When you get those power play opportunities there, you want to cash in on them and we failed to do so.”The Devils went up 2-0 on Hischier’s third goal in the last four games. The rookie center, who has five points in that span, scored on a wrist shot from the high slot. Damon Severon had an assist for the third consecutive game, and Brian Gibbons got his third assist in two games.New Jersey had four shots in the first.”We were obviously a little bit opportunistic there. At this time of the year it doesn’t matter. We’ll take `em how we can get `em,” Devils defenseman Andy Greene said. ”Keith was huge back there, PK did a really good job and really gave us momentum a couple times. It’s just a huge [url=http://www.flamesshoponline.com/authentic-rasmus-andersson-jersey]Adidas Rasmus Andersson Jersey[/url] , huge two points again on the road.”Wood made it 3-0 at 6:06 in the third. Brian Boyle had the assist to extend his point streak to three games.NOTES: Devils F Patrick Maroon did not play because of a lower-body injury. … New Jersey is 27-0-2 when leading after the second period. … Los Angeles went 0 for 6 with the man advantage, matching its most chances in a game without a power-play goal this season.UP NEXTDevils: Visit the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night.Kings: Open a four-game road trip at the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.— WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal got right to the point.”It couldn’t have gone any worse at the start for us, and it couldn’t have gone any better for them,” Staal said. ”They got the momentum and ran with it, especially early.”Jacob Trouba, Bryan Little, Brandon Tanev and Joel Armia scored in the first 11:59 to chase Minnesota goalie Devan Dubynk and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Wild 5-0 on Friday night to win a playoff series for the first time in franchise history.Winnipeg will face the winner of the Nashville-Colorado series in the second round. Colorado beat Nashville 2-1 later Friday night to force Game 6.Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for his second shutout of the series, and Mark Scheifele added a goal in the third to help the Jets finish off the Wild in five games.”I guess I did my job, right?” Hellebucyk said with a chuckle. ”I didn’t let any in. … I thought the team was great in front of me. The guys’ details are fantastic. Any time you can get that many (goals) in the first period, that kind of sinks the other team, especially deep in a series like this. They definitely got this one early.”The 30-year-old Little joined the Jets franchise in 2007-08 when it was based in Atlanta.”Playing in Atlanta, I wasn’t sure I’d ever get to experience playing on a team like this and playing in a city like this, where hockey is loved this much [url=http://www.flamesshoponline.com/authentic-dalton-prout-jersey]Adidas Dalton Prout Jersey[/url] ,” said Little, who tipped in a goal. ”I just feel lucky to be a part of it.”The white-clad crowd of 15,321 at Bell MTS Place stood and began cheering and waving white towels with just over two minutes remaining. A similar-size crowd was outside watching on giant screens at a ”whiteout” street party.”It’s a tough building. They’re a dangerous team. They get a quick one, and the building gets into it,” Dubnyk said. ”A couple deflections, and you can see that’s how a game can kind of run away from you.”Winnipeg’s previous post-season appearance was a sweep by Anaheim in 2015. The franchise moved from Atlanta in 2011. The Thrashers started in 1999-2000, with their only playoff series ending in four straight losses to the New York Rangers in 2007. The series came 31 years after the original Jets last won a series before the team moved to Arizona.The Jets attacked the Wild quickly, scoring four goals on their first 10 shots.Trouba scored 31 seconds in, and Little, Tanev and Armia followed quickly.”Ultimately, the game was lost in the first period,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. ”You have two periods of hockey left and stranger things have happened. For us it was more about trying to right the ship and get to our game. I think for stretches there we did a bit. We just couldn’t get the one to go in to get things sparked.”Alex Stalock stopped 15 of the 16 shots in relief of Dubynk.Scheifele scored his fourth goal of the series 32 seconds into the third with a one-timer on the power play.NOTES: Humboldt Broncos player Matthieu Gomercic was in attendance for the game. He was given a standing ovation when introduced and shown on the scoreboard. … The Wild were making their sixth straight appearance in the postseason. They only got as far as the second round in 2014 and `15, when Chicago knocked them out both years.
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