Carter is the overtime hero as the Kings capture Game 2
NEWARK, N.J. - Jeff Carter scored at 13:42 of overtime to give Los Angeles a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night, sending the Kings home with a commanding 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup final.
Carter beat defenceman Andy Greene down the flank and then reclaimed the puck as he went around the goal, circling to fire a low shot past Martin Brodeur.
The win extended the Kings' record string of road wins in this post-season to 10.
Both teams came close in a fast-paced overtime, but the Devils seemed to be gaining the upper hand and attacked the Kings in waves.
It's the first time in 61 years that the first two games of the final have gone to overtime. In 1951, all five games between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens went into extra time. Toronto won four of five to take the Cup.
The Kings are 4-0 in OT in the playoffs. The Devils are 4-3, including 3-2 at the Prudential Center
Devils sniper Ilya Kovalchuk had a chance to decide it in the dying seconds of the third period but his shot bounced off the crossbar.
Defenceman Drew Doughty scored a highlight-reel first-period goal for the Kings who got another big outing from Jonathan Quick. The in-form goalie stopped pucks with every inch of his body as well as showing off his ability to do the splits in pads.
Los Angeles needed him as the Devils were on their game after an off night in the series opener.
New Jersey also got a strong game in goal from 40-year-old Brodeur.
The New Jersey breakthrough came at 2:59 of the third when Ryan Carter tipped in a shot from the point from Marek Zidlicky with a lot of bodies in front of Quick. It was the 10th goal of the post-season from the Devils' fourth line and the fifth for Carter.
The Kings opened the series Wednesday with a 2-1 overtime win, on a spectacular breakaway score by Anze Kopitar.
Games 3 and 4 are Monday and Wednesday in Los Angeles.
New Jersey returned to its modus operandi to start Game 2, using its speed and forecheck to pressure the Kings before a raucous towel-waving sellout crowd of 17,625 in a chilly Prudential Center.
But somehow they went to the dressing room down a goal after 20 minutes.
The Devils came out hard, pinning the Kings back, and got an early power play. But they failed to take advantage and Brodeur had the most difficult save to make on the power play when the Kings broke out on a two-on-one.
Against the run of play, Los Angeles went ahead again as Doughty, on a glorious solo rush, evaded three Devils and snapped a low shot past Brodeur at 7:49 for his third of the playoffs. The New Jersey goalie may have been partially screened by defenceman Bryce Salvador.
Doughty picked up the puck behind his own blue-line, left David Clarkson in his dust, went by Ryan Carter and Stephen Gionta and then fired the puck through Salvador and Brodeur.
On the Devils bench, coach Peter DeBoer looked like he had swallowed a hairball.
With Kings defenceman Willie Mitchell assessed a cross-checking penalty just seconds after the goal, Quick came up big on the power play with a nice save on Patrik Elias.
Quick had plenty to do in the first period, with lots of traffic in front of him as the Devils worked nice angles on the attack and kept the puck in the Kings zone.
Brodeur was also tested on Kings counter-attacks, but they came less often.
New Jersey, which managed just 18 shots in 68 minutes 13 seconds in Game 1, had 11 on Quick in the first period alone.
All it got them was frustration.
It marked the seventh straight road game — and ninth in 10 — that the Kings either led or were tied after the first period.
Brodeur kept New Jersey in it with a glove save off Justin Williams early in the second period. But it was the Devils who had their foot on the accelerator, with more than a few rushes ending in a bad bounce or an unkind deflection.
A Los Angeles power play produced a Devils chance with Quick getting a piece of a Zach Parise redirect.
The fans were irate when Clarkson seemed to take an accidental stick in the face from Mitchell late in the period but there was no call.
Brodeur was majestic in the third, stacking his pads or whipping out his glove hand to stop the puck.
The road win also tied the league record of 46 for away victories during one post-season (82 games so far). There were also 46 in 1987.
In their 10 road wins, the Kings have outscored their opponents 34-15 this post-season.
The Kings are 4-0 in Game 2s in the post-season.
Notes — Teams winning Game 2 of the final have gone on to win the Cup in 54 of 72 years (75 per cent) since the best-of-seven format began in 1939. ... The Devils took to the ice for the warmup to the sounds of "Believe It" by Spencer & Hill & Nadia Ali.