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Los Angeles Kings beat New Jersey Devils 2-1 in overtime, take 2-0 lead in Stanley Cup

NEWARK, N.J. — Jeff Carter scored at 13:42 in overtime and the Kings moved within two wins of their first Stanley Cup with a 2-1 victory over the Devils in Game 2 Saturday night.

Carter carried the puck into the New Jersey zone and had his shot from the right side stopped. He skated around the net, collected the puck on the opposite side, cruised through the circle and beat Martin Brodeur on the blocker side.

"This is by far the biggest (goal) for sure, my first playoff OT goal," Carter said. "It gets us where we want to be (going home)."

Carter, acquired from the Blue Jackets around the trade deadline, scored his fifth goal of the playoffs.

"We had five guys collapsed around the net, and they found a way to get the puck through," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said.

The Kings improved their impressive postseason run to 14-2 overall, 10-0 on the road and 4-0 in overtime. Their 10 road wins tie the league mark set by the 1995 Devils and tied by the Devils in 2000 and the Flames in 2004.

They have won 12 straight on the road in the playoffs dating to last year.

"We have to go back to L.A. like the series is just starting," said defenseman Drew Doughty, who scored on a magnificent end-to-end rush in the first period for a 1-0 lead. "Going back home, it is a whole new series."

Asked what went wrong for the Devils, captain Zach Parise said, "We didn't score."

Game 2 followed the same script as Game 1. The Kings scored first, the Devils answered, and it went into overtime tied 1-1.

The differences in regulation were that the Devils had the better chances, more shots (33 in Game 2, 17 in Game 1), but they waited until the third period to tie the score. They tied Game 1 late in the second period.

DeBoer shuffled his top three lines to start the third period, but he kept the fourth line intact. That line scored the tying goal at 2:59, by Ryan Carter off a deflection in the high slot.

That goal was the first allowed by the Kings' Jonathan Quick in the third period since Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal against the Blues.

"I think the offense is there," the Devils' Stephen Gionta said. "We're just looking for the bounces."

The Kings are the 12th team to win the first two games of the Cup final on the road. Nine of the previous 11 won the Cup.

Brodeur said the Devils can be disappointed but can't let frustration affect them.

"We are still alive," he said.

The last time the first two games of the Cup final went to overtime was 1951 between the Canadiens and Maple Leafs. The teams split the games.

Kings 1 0 0 1 2
Devils 0 0 1 0 1
Kings 1 0 0 1 2
Devils 0 0 1 0 1

First Period1, Los Angeles, Doughty 3, 7:49. PenaltiesM.Greene, LA (cross-checking), 2:54; Mitchell, LA (cross-checking), 7:56.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesA.Greene, NJ (tripping), 9:29; King, LA (high-sticking), 13:38.

Third Period2, New Jersey, R.Carter 5 (Zidlicky, S.Bernier), 2:59. PenaltiesZubrus, NJ (interference), 16:55; Doughty, LA (hooking), 17:46. First Overtime3, Los Angeles, J.Carter 5 (Penner, M.Greene), 13:42. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalLos Angeles 6-9-6-11—32. New Jersey 11-9-10-3—33. Power-play opportunitiesLos Angeles 0 of 2; New Jersey 0 of 4. GoaliesLos Angeles, Quick 14-2-0 (33 shots-32 saves). New Jersey, Brodeur 12-7-0 (32-30).

around the league: Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said he has fielded some "soft calls" from teams interested in his No. 1 overall pick at this month's draft. But he would have to get "quite a significant proposal" to trade the pick, he said. This is the third straight year the Oilers have had the top pick. Tambellini said he wouldn't decide on whom to use the pick until the night before the draft, June 22-23 in Pittsburgh. Russian Nail Yakupov, who played this season in the Ontario junior league, is the top-rated non-goalie based in North America.

AHL final: The Lightning's Norfolk affiliate took a 2-0 lead in the Calder Cup final for the league championship with a 4-2 win over visiting Toronto. Game 3 is Thursday at Toronto.

Kings 2

Devils 1

overtime

Stanley Cup final

Kings 2, Devils 0

Game 1: Kings 2, Devils 1 OT

Saturday: Kings 2, Devils 1 OT

Mon.: at Los Angeles, 8, NBCSN

Wed.: at Los Angeles, 8, NBCSN

June 9: at New Jersey, 8, Ch. 8 *

June 11: at Los Angeles, 8, Ch. 8 *

June 13: at New Jersey, 8, Ch. 8 *

* If necessary

Los Angeles Kings beat New Jersey Devils 2-1 in overtime, take 2-0 lead in Stanley Cup 06/02/12 [Last modified: Sunday, June 3, 2012 12:37am]
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