Kings on top again as Cup finals take a break

By Ira Podell

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, May 31 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier, right, tries to block a shot by Andrei Loktionov, of Russia, during practice in preparation for Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series against the New Jersey Devils, Thursday, May 31, 2012, in Newark, N.J.

Julio Cortez, Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. — From Vancouver to St. Louis, on to Phoenix and now New Jersey, the Los Angeles Kings have been able to jump on their opponents and take away any advantage the fired-up arenas would be expected to give the home team.

The excitement builds outside and inside the raucous buildings, and what should be a pure rush of adrenaline, can sometimes turn into a wave of nerves that can rattle even the best of players.

Whatever the cause, the Kings — the No. 8 seed out of the West — have capitalized on every possible thing they can while playing away from home. They are a record 9-0 on the road in these playoffs, and are lengthening another record with 11 straight wins in enemy arenas, dating to last season.

The Kings took a 1-0 lead over the Devils in the Stanley Cup finals with a 2-1 overtime win on Wednesday night, spoiling New Jersey's first chance in these playoffs to open a series at home.

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