Stanley Cup Finals 2012: Kings Will Bury Devils to Complete Magical Playoff Run

Bust out the brooms, because the New Jersey Devils have no shot of staving off elimination in Game 4.

The Los Angeles Kings have been shredding opponents in the 2012 NHL playoffs, and although they've given a valiant effort, there will be no miracle on ice for this demoralized Devils squad.

The Kings haven't just been beating teams this postseason; they've been dominating them.

L.A. jumped out to a 3-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals, just like they have in their other three series this postseason. And by burying the Devils on Wednesday, they will tie the 1988 Edmonton Oilers for the best playoff record of all-time (16-2).

Like most teams that go on unexpected postseason runs, the eighth-seeded Kings have been fueled by some magical goalkeeping.

Jonathan Quick has put on a clinic in the net, conceding just two goals to the Devils, while stopping 73 New Jersey shots. For the playoffs, he's saved 454 of 478 shots, giving him a ridiculous .950 save percentage. It's been one of the most dominant playoff performances in NHL history, not just by a goalie, but by any player to step on the ice.

Of course, Quick isn't the only reason behind his team's success.

Centers Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards have been dominant throughout the playoffs, creating scoring opportunities and making clutch plays on both ends of the ice. If this game goes down to the wire, the Kings can bank on being saved by one of their two studs in the middle.

The Devils have had a good playoff run, and they should be proud of what they've accomplished. Unfortunately, their time has come to an end.

The Kings are simply the better team, and they'll prove it by eliminating the Devils in Game 4.

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