Parise, Devils send series back to L.A.

NHL Network panelist Kevin Weekes said that before Saturday night’s Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals, he “saw a North Dakota Fighting Sioux No. 11 Zach Parise jersey in the crowd before the game.”

Parise made that fan and the rest of the Prudential Center happy by scoring a goal and playing a big role in New Jersey’s 2-1 win, which now sends the series back to Los Angeles for a Game 6. The Kings lead the series 3-2.

The Sioux players were in on all three goals — Parise scored the first goal of the game, Travis Zajac assisted on the game-winning goal and Matt Greene assisted on the Kings’ only goal of the game.

Greene also had a huge hit in the first period on Patrik Elias, prompting NBC analyst Pierre McGuire to say: “I saw Matt Greene throw his weight around at North Dakota. He hits like a linebacker.”

Game 6 will be at 7 p.m. Monday night in the Staples Center.

3 thoughts on “Parise, Devils send series back to L.A.

  1. Saw the Kings/Coyotes play during the regular season, and there was less contact than a men’s league game. Amazing difference come playoff time……

  2. How lucky are we to have so many former Sioux players in the NHL that are not only great players but leaders too. What a program! Now if they could just stretch the NHL season out until October life would be great. Go Sioux!

  3. It would be interesting to tally up the nhl players that went to UND that are in fact true alumni. I always find it difficult to claim a player as being a “player from the program,” when 2yrs feels like they were here for a cup of coffee.

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