The New Jersey Devils fell to a two game deficit against the Los Angeles Kings with Saturday night’s score mirroring the result from Wednesday night’s score. The 2-1, Game 2 defeat took yet another single, overtime venture. Though the Devils appeared to acquire 3rd period momentum from Ryan Carter tipping-in a Marek Zidlicky’s shot, the Kings’ Jeff Carter took a tied game away at 13:42 into overtime.
The game wasn’t quite deja-vu compares to Game 1. The New Jersey Devils significantly increased their shots on goal compared to their first total of 17. The Devils finished with 33; 16 more shots on Jonathan Quick’s impressive puck-reflex than the game before. The range of difference between each Kings’ overtime score wasn’t minimal enough to call it deja-vu, either. Carter’s Game 2 overtime-score, involving a carousel to center from left circle, came at 6:18 compared to Kopitar’s Game 1 score at 11:47.
If there were any signs of deja-vu, it was seen in another spectacular goalie match. The 32 of the 33 shots Jonathan Quick denied involved some very big saves for his team. One of which saves was on a Devils power play in the 1st period. Breaking away on a pass from Kovalchuk in the neutral zone, Patrik Elias opted to fire from left circle rather than try his talents closer to Quick. Elias’ shot, seemingly aimed at the far corner of Quick’s net, was kicked wide and was no more.
Though the Devils’ Martin Brodeur was on the short-end of the game result, he denied many shots on goal that could have ended his night much earlier. Marty stopped 30 of 32 Los Angeles shots, and many of them drew awe as to how he managed to deny them. Anze Kopitar, who ended Game 1 in overtime, broke away after playing a puck flying into the offensive zone from between the blue lines. Marty dropped to his back to stop Kopitar’s bid at 10:30 in the third, and the game remained tied for the time being.
Ilya Kovalchuk is wishing he had one shot back. He was given a chance underneath to give the Devils the lead in the third, and his shot sailed high and off the top post.
The deficit the Devils have found themselves in this Stanley Cup Championship is unlike any playoff series this year. As a matter of fact, it’s unlike any Stanley Cup Championship they have ever been in. The Devils have not found themselves down 2-0 at any point this postseason or in any of their four prior trips to the championship event. There is no doubting this Devils team in any event, but the cause for concern is unquestionably heightened being down two games heading west.
These have been close games fought by the New Jersey Devils. Some of their quickest and strongest game play was reflected from their third period of Game 2. The team appeared to come out of the gates ready to pillage, and the outburst also led to them tying the game. If there is any part of their loss last night they want to capture and transfer to game play for Monday night’s game (8PM, ET,) it was the energy displayed in that third period.
In order to keep up with Quick’s Kings and see the Stanley Cup in the grasp of the Devils, they are going to have to be just that; quick themselves.
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