Jeff Carter scored the game winning goal with 6:18 left in overtime Saturday night as the Los Angeles Kings beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. This was the second consecutive overtime win by the Kings.
Game 2 played out the same as Game 1 with Kings scoring first, Devils responding and a Kings’ overtime victory.
Los Angeles’ Drew Doughty gave the Kings an early lead with 12:11 left in the first period. With 17:01 left in the third, New Jersey’s Ryan Carter put a wobbly puck into the net to tie the score with assists from Zidlicky and Bernier.
Since the 1951 Stanley Cup Finals, between Montreal and Toronto, no teams have gone to overtime in both Game 1 and 2 of the series.
The Kings needed this overtime victory to extend their playoff road wins to 10, tying with the Devils for an NHL record. Los Angeles is now 14-2 this postseason and 4-0 in overtime, without losing a single road game.
Talk surrounded New Jersey’s better use of the forecheck leading up to game time and the Devils better utilized it early and often getting turnovers they hadn’t in Game 1.
The Devils, since their series with Philadelphia, have been resilient and overcome postseason losses. The key to bouncing back in the finals: short memory.
The Kings are just two games away from their franchise first NHL title since entering the league. A Devils upset will give New Jersey its fourth title.
Game 3 will be played at 8 p.m. ET, Monday, June 4 at the Staples Center.