NEWARK, N.J. -- Mike Richards emerged from the visitors' dressing room today after the Kings' morning skate knowing it was just a matter of time before emotions run high between Los Angeles and New Jersey in the Stanley Cup final. The intensity level could increase tonight in Game Two.
The Kings and Devils were tentative and might have shown too much respect for one another, which made for a forgettable opener. Neither team wanted to make a mistake and came out flat in the first period before gradually picking up the pace. All it takes is one cheap shot, Richards said, and it will turn into an emotional series.
"In the second period, it started to heat up," Richards said. "As the series goes on, you expect what you