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2012 Stanley Cup Finals: Kings Continue Road Dominance, Lead Devils 2-0

Andie Hagemann |
June 3, 2012 | 10:54 p.m. PDT

Staff Writer

Anze Kopitar (left) and Drew Doughty have played significant roles in the Kings' first two wins this series. (Insidehockey/Creative Commons)
Anze Kopitar (left) and Drew Doughty have played significant roles in the Kings' first two wins this series. (Insidehockey/Creative Commons)
The No. 8-seeded Los Angeles Kings defeated the No. 6-seeded New Jersey Devils, 2-1, in overtime Saturday night, giving the Kings its second win of the Stanley Cup finals. 

With Saturday’s victory over the Devils, L.A. has tied the NHL record for most postseason road victories, winning all 10 of its playoff road games. The Kings are two wins away from the cup - their first cup in franchise history. 

Though the Kings have taken the first two games, the series is not over yet, as the Devils have been the Kings’ fiercest competitor these playoffs. 

Game 1

In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night, fourth-line center Colin Fraser was the first to strike for Los Angeles in the first period.  

New Jersey’s Anton Volchenkov tied the game with 1:12 left in the second period. Volchenkov’s shot, which was blocked by Quick, went airborne and hit off Kings defenseman Slava Voynov before finding its way into the net. 

After a scoreless third period, Game 1 was headed for overtime. With 11:47 remaining, Anze Kopitar scored on a breakaway with 11:47 clinching the all-important Game 1 victory for the Kings. 

Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick finished with 16 saves and the Kings held the Devils to nine shots in the first 40 minutes. 

The loss marked the third straight series in which New Jersey has lost the first game.

Game 2

As in Game 1, the Kings scored first. In the first period of Game 2, Drew Doughty scored an impressive, unassisted goal. The second period remained scoreless, vaulting the Kings into the third period with a 1-0 lead.

The Devils evened the score with a goal by Ryan Carter, his fifth of the postseason, with assists from Marek Zidlicky and Steve Bernier. Tied at 1 at the conclusion of the third period, the Kings and the Devils were headed to overtime for the second time in as many games. 

Jeff Carter was the Kings' hero in Game 2. (Insidehockey/Creative Commons)
Jeff Carter was the Kings' hero in Game 2. (Insidehockey/Creative Commons)

Jeff Carter scored at 13:42 in overtime, his fifth goal this postseason, giving the Kings their 10th consecutive road win this season, an NHL record. Quick made 32 saves in Game 2 and the Kings outshot the Devils 11 to three in overtime.

The Devils almost captured Game 2 after a shot by Ilya Kovalchuk was stopped by Quick at the very beginning of overtime. Kovalchuk also nearly won the game in regulation, as his shot hit the crossbar in the final seconds. 

Lord Stanley's Cup

With two wins under their belt, the Kings are just two away from winning their first title in franchise history. Los Angeles, 14-2 during this postseason, will host New Jersey at home for Games 3 and 4 at the Staples Center. The Kings have opened 3-0 leads in the first three rounds of the Western Conference final, a streak that the Devils aim to break as they attempt to win four of the next five games. 

The Stanley Cup finals have not disappointed hockey fans. Both Games 1 and 2 have resulted in overtime for the first time in 61 years (1951- Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens).

The Kings host the Devils for Game 3 on Monday at 5 p.m. PT at the Staples Center. 



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