2011 - 2012
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
STANLEY CUP FINALS
Los Angeles Kings
NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Brick City, Newark
NEW JERSEY DEVILS: Bedeviled in Game One.
In the opening game of the Stanley Cup Finals, New Jersey was reminded what it's like to get scored on early, and having to play from behind. The Kings came barrelling in on the forecheck and got deep in the Devils' zone, where Jordan Nolan gained possession of the puck behind net. He found and passed to centerman Colin Fraser positioned at the edge of the right circle, who one-timed a shot passed Brodeur for a 1-0 Los Angeles lead, midway through the first.
The Kings owned the first period battle of the face-offs by a 12-5 count. But overall, shots on goal were limited in the first period to five apiece. Only problem was, Broduer let one get by too early. With 2:15 left, Bryce Salvador had the Devils' best chance on net. But no goal. So, off went the Devils into the first intermission trailing by a 1-0 score.
L.A. committed one penalty which they successfully killed off.
The Kings came into the second period like they entered the first; aggressively. They were the ones taking taking shots over the first half of the second, and were throwing the body more often, again, like in the first period. The Devils showed they were getting their legs back over the latter half of the first period however. But the trend didn't seem to be continuing in the second.
With 7:18 left in the second, Marty challenged a shot from point, and won, to kept it a 1-0 game.
New Jersey put L.A. on the power play after committing their first penalty, and even managed a short-handed opportunity by Zach Parise. They successfully killed off penalty. At 4:28, they finally managed their first shot on goal of the second period. Dainius Zubrus had a great look but got stoned by Jonathan Quick on the shot. Then...
Score at 1:12 - Patrick Elias tied the game off a big rebound/deflection left by Jonathan Quick following Anton Volchenkov's shot from the top of the left circle.
Over the first five minutes of the third period, this time New Jersey was carrying the play. Zach Parise had a goal waived off after he forced a puck in net with his hand. But the point is, the Devils were forcing the issue now. Ryan Carter had another good look against Jonathan Quick, but was stopped with thirteen minutes to go. But neither team managed much else during regulation.
Into overtime they went. At 8:47, the Kings scored and the crowd in The Rock crumbled once Anze Kopitar scored. He juked, and deeked, as he came in on Brodeur virtually unmolested, and scored the Game One winner.
Kings lead the series, one game, to none.