Los Angeles Kings win in overtime, lead New Jersey 2-0 | NHL playoffs
Jeff Carter scored at 13:42 of overtime and the Los Angeles Kings beat the host New Jersey Devils 2-1 to take a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final.
NEWARK, N.J. — Jeff Carter scored at 13:42 in overtime and the Los Angeles Kings moved two victories from their first NHL title with a 2-1 decision over the New Jersey Devils in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final Saturday night.
The Kings lead the best-of-seven series 2-0.
Jonathan Quick made 32 saves and Drew Doughty scored on a magnificent end-to-end rush as the Kings won their 10th straight road game this postseason, and their 12th in a row over the last two years of playoffs. Both are league records.
Los Angeles, the eighth — and bottom — seed in the Western Conference, is 14-2 in the postseason this year.
New Jersey had won eight of 10 games in beating the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers in the last two rounds in the Eastern Conference.
The sixth-seeded Devils head to Los Angeles for Game 3 at Staples Center on Monday night.
Kings forward Dustin Penner said, "Like now, we may get a little nostalgic and think, you know, two more wins and we make history. When it comes to Monday and Wednesday night, we won't be thinking that way.
"We'll be just thinking that game, that shift, that period, the next goal. That's how we've done it all playoffs."
This marked the first time in 61 years Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final were decided in overtime. The last occasion was the epic 1951 series, where all five games between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens went to extra time. The Maple Leafs captured the Cup.
Devils captain Zach Parise said it will be difficult to beat the Kings four times in five games.
"They are a great team, but it's not like we got blown out the last two games," Parise said. "It will be really hard but we will give it our best shot."
Carter ended Game 2 with a great individual effort as the Kings outshot New Jersey 11-3 in overtime.
He corralled a rebound from behind the net, moved around into the slot and sent a wrist shot along the ice with Penner in front of the net screening Brodeur.