Carter's OT goal gives Kings 2-0 series lead
With one win, the Kings did something their predecessors from the 1992-93 season could not accomplish: win a second game.
Jeff Carter made a sweep behind the Devils net, kept with the puck and wristed the game-winning goal past Martin Brodeur, giving the Kings a commanding 2 games to none lead in the Stanley Cup Finals with yet another 2-1 overtime victory.
Like the opener, the Kings got things started after Drew Doughty snapped a wrist shot between Brodeur's blocker and right leg pad into the back of the net with just over 8 minutes off the clock, putting the Kings in front 1-0.
But the Devils evened the game early in the 3rd period, as Ryan Carter beat Jonathan Quick to knot the game at 1 after the Kings turned the puck over deep in their own zone.
With scoring at a premium, this game came down to goaltender performance, and each net minder stood on his head for his respective club.
Quick saved 32 of 33 shots, while Brodeur was 30 of 32.
This wasn't a game where the Kings top line produced: the trio of Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Justin Williams produced 6 shots the entire night while the Devils pressured the puck each time this line saw the ice.
However, this was a game where the trade deadline transaction made his impact felt.
Acquired for Jack Johnson, Carter was a big key to the Kings success down the stretch, and while he has not had a "fantastic" playoff slate, he has shown his true colors when his teammates needed him most.
With the prospect of heading back to Staples Center and the series possibly knotted at 1, Carter instead stayed with a play that showed his resolve, keeping the puck on his tape instead of passing it and wristed it past Brodeur to put the Devils in a 2-0 hole.
Game 2's victory pushed the Kings road record to 10-0, and with two more wins, the Kings will solidify themselves atop the NHL.
But do not overlook the Devils.
This is a team that fought even harder in game 2, and showed it was not shy about changing its lines up to better match up with the Kings.
Yet in the end, it was the Kings who had the last laugh.
Game 3 is scheduled for Monday evening - the first Stanley Cup Final game in Los Angeles since game 4 of the '92-93 finals.
And if anyone thought the atmosphere the first three rounds was intense, just wait until the Kings take the ice Monday evening.
Photo courtesy of the New York Daily News