Stanley Cup Final Game 1
Los Angeles Kings
New Jersey Devils
Newark, New Jersey
8:00 PM EST
The 2012 Stanley Cup Final gets started on Wednesday night with Game 1 between two teams who few predicted would be playing this late into May.
The Los Angeles King were the last team to clinch a spot in Western Conference playoffs, but proved that anything can happen in hockey's thrilling second season. L.A. mauled the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks in five games in the first round and then swept the second-seeded St. Louis Blues. Led by talented netminder Jonathan Quick, the Kings handled No. 3 Phoenix in five games while breaking a franchise record going a perfect 8-0 on the road.
Meanwhile, 40-year-old goaltender Martin Brodeur and veteran Ilya Kovalchuk helped the Devils earn the No. 6 seed in the East. New Jersey needed seven games to beat No. 3 Florida in the East quarterfinals, but manhandled Philadelphia in the second round by winning four straight after losing Game 1. The Devils then came back from a 2-1 deficit in the Eastern Conference finals against their Hudson River rival New York Rangers and won the series in six games, becoming the second No. 6 seed ever to reach the finals.
The Kings have looked unstoppable but will they have enough firepower to take down the Devils in Game 1? Or will Brodeur continue to dominate giving New Jersey a 1-0 series lead?
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05/30/2012 11:25 PM EDT
@ ToddCordell :
The #NJDevils are a resilient bunch and have bounced back throughout the entire post-season. Expect a much better effort Saturday.
05/30/2012 11:18 PM EDT
@ JimFox19 :
Williams smarts with pass to open space-Kopitar #SICK hands and patience-it was a game with no room that ends with a breakaway-#LAKings
05/30/2012 11:17 PM EDT
@ RothmanHockey :
They teach goaltenders to force the skater to make the first move. Brodeur always has to do it the hard way, it failed him there. #Kings win
05/30/2012 11:16 PM EDT
@ Real_ESPNLeBrun :
Kings do it yet again. Win on road to open a series. Unreal.
05/30/2012 11:14 PM EDT
@ KatieStrangESPN :
#NJD #LAK Kopitar wins it 2-1 for Kings 8:13 into OT as LA takes Game 1
05/30/2012 11:13 PM EDT
Kopitar gets the puck and goes one-on-one with Brodeur and scores the game-winner! KINGS WIN AND STAY PERFECT ON THE ROAD
05/30/2012 11:12 PM EDT
Devils had a 3-on-2 as Elias crossed it to Clarkson but he fanned on the shot and gave it right to the Kings.
05/30/2012 11:10 PM EDT
Kovalchuk gets off a couple good shots but Quick stops them. Looked like the Devils had an open net but couldn't get a good shot.
05/30/2012 11:09 PM EDT
Kovalchuk takes it in and tries to center it but the puck goes right by Quick with no Devils sticks on it.
05/30/2012 11:06 PM EDT
Jeff Carter tries to get off a backhanded shot but Clarkson blocks it with his stick.