The LA Kings came away with the lead in the Stanley Cup Finals on a huge breakaway goal.
It was a very close game the entire night between the Devils and Kings in Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals but, it was the Devils who didn’t have enough gas to get it done in the end.
Anze Kopitar who was quiet for most of the night ended up with a very opportunistic breakaway in Overtime and broke away from the pack and put a nifty deke in the back of the net for the 2-1 victory. The assists went to Justin Williams and Drew Doughty.
“I didn’t know if they had a backchecker coming, but I knew Kopi was in the area over there,” Williams told NHL.com. “That’s when you just throw an area pass over there; hopefully he skates into it and hopefully it’s timed right. Fortunately it was.”
Colin Fraser got the Kings on the board early with an assist to Jordan Nolan. New Jersey didn’t answer until late in the second when Anton Volchenkov’s shot ricocheted off of Voynov’s chest and into the net. The assists went to David Clarkson and Patrik Elias.
There were only 3 penalties called in the entire game and those were in the first two periods, none of which had any impact on the score.
The two goalies were great making some very timely saves, especially Jonathan Quick who bailed his team out when they needed it most and didn’t allow a clean shot to go in the net all game. He made only 16 saves on the night. Martin Brodeur had 23 saves in the game 1 loss for New Jersey.
“It’s definitely tough knowing if one of those go in, then it would’ve been a win for us,” Fayne said. “But it’s also encouraging that we had those opportunities. We know if we keep playing hard, keep pressing then we’ll get some of those bounces.”
Game 2 is Saturday night at 8PM Eastern in Newark.