Kings having Devil of a time finishing off New Jersey, lose 2-1
The L.A. Kings have finally lost a road game in these Stanley Cup playoffs and in doing so let the New Jersey Devils back into the final. The Kings still lead the series 3 games to 2, and Monday will try again to win the Cup on home-ice.
The Devils were lead by Martin Brodeur, who else, as the veteran managed his 113th playoff win and 17th Stanley Cup finals win. After Devils captain Zach Parise scored on a first period powerplay and Justin Williams tied it early in the second for the Kings, Bryce Salvador scored at 9:05 of the middle frame and Brodeur did the rest.
The 40-year-old finished with 25 saves, some brilliant, and hung on in the last 30 seconds when the Kings passed and shot at will; L.A. outshot New Jersey 25-17 in the game and 9-3 in the third. His counterpart, Jonathan Quick did not look particularly sharp on either goal - the first came courtesy of his giving the puck away - but made tough saves after his team went down, 2-1.
Devils looking for Stanley Cup history
It was the first road loss in 11 games in these playoffs for L.A., who beat the Canucks three times in Vancouver, St. Louis the only two times they had to play there, the Coyotes 3 times in Phoenix and won the first two games of this series in New Jersey.
The Devils have a chance to become only the second team in NHL history to lose the first three games of the final and come all the way back to win the Stanley Cup. The Toronto Maples Leafs did it to the Detroit Red Wings in 1942.