1951. That was the last time Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup finals were decided in overtime. Yup, it's been 61 years since we've seen a start to a finals like we currently have. In '51 it was the Maple Leafs capturing the cup over the Canadiens. As of this weekend, it will take one stellar surge for the Devils to prevent the Kings from doing the same.
In yet another dramatic overtime affair, Jeff Carter saved the day with a goal at the 13:42 mark in the extra period, securing the 2-1 victory.
Jonathan Quick made 32 saves to go along with a Drew Doughty end-to-end rush score as L.A. won their 10th straight road game –four of those in overtime — this postseason, and 12th in a row dating back to last year. Both are NHL records.
Just when the Devils thought they were hot, winning eight of 10 after beating the Flyers and Rangers in the last two rounds of the Eastern Conference, eighth seeded L.A. continues their tear, now 14-2 in the playoffs.
The most impressive goal of the game came from Doughty's play that will apparently be shown on highlight reels for years to come.
Doughty began his end-to-end play by beating David Clarkson to a loose puck that was skidding into the Kings' defensive zone. After collecting the rubber, he made a wide u-turn before racing up the middle, weaving through traffic that ended with an insane toe-drag move on Ryan Carter. The result of the play was a wrist shot from the left circle that beat the incredibly reliable Martin Brodeur over his right shoulder.
Ryan Carter scored the lone goal for New Jersey 2:59 into the third quarter.
Anze Kopitar, amazingly, only had one shot on goal Saturday night; a scary thought of what the Kings can still accomplish without his help.
Game 3 is Monday in Los Angeles. The fat lady ain't singin' yet. But with another Kings win you can rest assured to hear some warm-up scales being sung down Figueroa street.
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