Devils Offense Stoll-ed in Los Angeles in 3-1 loss to Kings
New York, NY - The New Jersey Devils (3-8-1) offense was stalled by a strong performance by the Los Angeles Kings (8-3-0) in the 3-1 loss in hockey action on Saturday Night. Jarret Stoll was able to get one goal and two assists in helping to lead the Kings to the victory.
The Kings were able to get on the board early when Justin Williams netted a goal on a toe drag sweeping shot into the far corner of the net, with the assist coming from Jarret Stoll and Ryan Smith. In the second period Los Angeles struck again when Michal Handzuz made the score 2-0 on a power play goal. Handzuz cashed in on a rebounded second chance shot that went in between Martin Brodeur’s legs
Devils cut into the lead in the second period as Matt Taormina floating shot through a bunch of King’s players which was assisted by Jason Arnott and David Clarkson. That brief momentum for New Jersey was short lived though as Los Angeles responded with a goal by Jarret Stoll.
Stoll was able to net a backhanded shot on good plays by the Los Angeles offense including Rob Scuderi and Justin Williams, who were a part of the assist. The Kings were able to get the Devils keeper Martin Brodeur out of position for Stoll to cash in for the 3-1 lead.
Throughout the game fans were booing Ilya Kovalchuk due to the fact that he didn’t sign with Los Angeles in the off season. The Kings decided to not sign the pricy winger and try for the younger guns instead, as the franchise was able to record their 800th victory. In other historical notes for the Devils Brad Mills made his NHL debut for New Jersey and made a positive impact for the team.
Zach Parise injured no details on what happened-one of the bright spots of the game was the play offensively of Alexander Vasyunov who was very smart with the puck in making some very smart passes during the course of the night.
The Devils out shot the Kings by a count of 40-23 but Los Angeles was able to create better opportunities versus where New Jersey could not create anything offensively. Jonathan Quick lived up to his name making 39 of saves.. While Martin Brodeur made 20 of saves in a losing effort.
The Devils road trip continues into Vancouver for a 10:00 p.m. Monday night face-off.