King go up 2-0 on Devils after another OT win
NEWARK -- Jeff Carter scored with 6:18 left in overtime last night as the Los Angeles Kings edged the Devils, 2-1, for the second consecutive game to take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. Games 3 and 4 are in Los Angeles.
Carter broke around Andy Greene down the right side, fired a shot that Martin Brodeur blocked, but Carter recovered behind the net, carried the puck up the left side, and shot through traffic from the high slot and beat Brodeur low on the stick side.
"It was my first playoff overtime goal, so it's a huge one, a big one for the team, gets us a two-game lead, that's what we wanted coming in here," Carter said. "[Dustin Penner] did a great job of getting in front of Marty. I don't know if he even saw it."
Before the fiercely contested overtime, with each team having quality chances, Ilya Kovalchuk almost won it for the Devils with 7.2 seconds left in regulation when he picked off Dustin Brown's clearing pass from behind the net, but his wrister hit the crossbar behind Jonathan Quick.
The victory gave the Kings (14-2 and 4-0 in Game 2s) 10 consecutive playoff wins on the road this season, becoming just the fourth team in league history to do so, matching the 1995 and 2000 Devils and the 2004 Calgary Flames.
The Devils, who generated far more chances than in the 2-1 overtime loss in Game 1 on Wednesday, tied the game at 1 at 2:59 of the third period as Ryan Carter tipped down Marek Zidlicky's shot from the right point over the right hip of Quick, who had not allowed a third-period goal in seven consecutive games.
Drew Doughty opened the scoring with his third goal of the playoffs by turning up ice in the Kings' zone, evading three Devils and rifling a wrister from the right circle past Brodeur at 7:49 of the first. It was a worrisome sign for the Devils: The Kings were 8-1 in the playoffs when scoring first.
Kings coach Daryl Sutter said of Doughty's goal: "It's a 200-foot play, one of them coast-to-coast things; win or lose tonight, that's a highlight play."
Fighting not to lose their second game at Prudential Center after ousting the Rangers in six games in the Eastern Conference finals, the Devils generated a strong forecheck in the first two periods, but could not connect.
During Andy Greene's penalty at 9:29, Quick barely got a piece of a pass to Zach Parise at the right post on a shorthanded break. Kovalchuk, who seemed to be passing up shots, fired wide. Brodeur then gloved Colin Fraser's shot from the right wing with 7:23 left.
"We all need to do a better job generating offense," Parise said.
On the Devils third unsuccessful power play -- and fifth in two games -- with Dwight King off for high-sticking at 13:38, Quick made an amazing reflex save or the score could have been tied. Rob Scuderi tried to clear the puck from behind the net, but it ricocheted back, and Quick kicked it away with his right skate.
The Devils did start get off more shots than Wednesday when they had 18. They got a total of 33 shots Saturday night, with Quick saving 32. Brodeur made 30 saves.
"It's tough, but you can't feel sorry for yourself," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. "We played a much better game. I knew we would respond. We came up one goal short."