Although the New Jersey Devils played better in game two of the Stanley Cup finals, they find themselves down 2-0 heading to games three and four in Los Angeles. On Saturday night, the Los Angeles Kings got an overtime goal from Jeff Carter to win the second game 2-1. It was the second consecutive game to go to overtime and the second straight game the Devils could only manage one goal against the Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick.
The Devils now find themselves in a big hole down by two games and headed for two straight games on the Kings’ home ice. The series is beginning to shape up as one that could be over quite quickly. Quick has the Devil’s scorers frustrated as he is stopping almost everything they shoot at him. In game one, the Devils only took 17 shots at Quick, but last night they took 33 and still could only get one past him.
The win was the 10 consecutive road victory for the Kings in this year’s playoffs. That tied a record in the NHL that is jointly held by the Devils and the Calgary Flames. The Kings have not lost a road game this entire playoff season and if they win both game three and four at home, they will not have to play any more road games.
The Devils must thank their own goaltender for keeping them in both games one and two. Veteran Martin Brodeur, who is the only Devils’ player still left from their last Stanley Cup championship, has also been stellar in net. He has only allowed two goals in regulation through the first two games.