Anze Kopitar’s spectacular breakaway goal in overtime has helped the Los Angeles Kings earn their ninth road game in the playoffs and take a lead in the Stanley Cup final series against the New Jersey Devils.
The Kings first upset the Prudential Center crowd early in the first period at the hands of Colin Fraser.
Russia’s defender Anton Volchenkov tied it late in the second period for the home side, only for Kapitar to snatch the first game of the series in overtime.
The Slovenian took a pass by Justin Williams from along the left wing boards and skated in alone on Brodeur. He faked a backhand shot, put the puck on his forehand and sent it past Martin Brodeur.
The LA side were eighth-seed in the Western Conference and beat the top three teams to get to their first Stanley Cup Finals since 1993. They have won 11 consecutive road playoff games dating back to last season. Wednesday’s victory was their ninth out of nine on the road this season – a new NHL’s record.
The Kings are now one win shy of the NHL record for overall playoff road wins. More importantly, they are three wins away from the club's first NHL title.
The Devils will also host Game Two to be held on Saturday, June 2.
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