Carter Gives Kings 2-0 Lead
The Kings are two wins away from their first Stanley Cup. The second installment of the finals was eerily similar to game one. Los Angeles scored the first goal, the Devils retaliated, and the Kings ended up victorious in overtime.
Jeff Carter ended the game with 13:42 left in overtime. Carter recovered his pass to Dustin Penner on the crease, circled around the goal and put a wrist shot past Martin Brodeur. Carter earned first star honors because of the goal. The win gives the Kings a perfect 10-0 mark on the road in the playoffs.
Drew Doughty opened the scoring with an unassisted goal 7:49 into the game. The Kings defensemen, familiar with scoring, took the puck into the Devils' zone and fired a shot stick-side.
To no suprise the goaltending on both sides has been pivotal. Like the first game, Jonathan Quick and Brodeur have received the second and third stars. This time Quick took the second star with 32 saves, many against deflections and shots near the crease. Brodeur, the Devils most consistent player this postseason, finished with 30 saves.
Overtime was the most fast-paced period with flurries infront of both goals. The Devils had plenty of opportunities but a combination of misplaced shots, great saves by Quick, and some bad luck end up travelling to L.A. down 2-0.
Ryan Carter scored the lone goal for the Devils. Carter was able to deflect a Marek Zidlicky slapshot past Quick's right leg 2:59 into the last period.
Penalties have remained a non-factor. The Kings have been consistent in killing penalties and not scoring while being man-up. Los Angeles was able to kill four Devil powerplays and still have not capitalized on two of their own tonight.
The teams take the ice Monday at the Staples Center. With the way the Kings have played on the road the trip out to California might be a vacation for the Devils.