The New Jersey Devils have once again failed to capitalize on home ice advantage, suffering a 2-1 overtime loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals.
The teams exchanged goals in regular time, with Drew Doughty giving LA the lead in the opening period and Ryan Carter equalizing for the Devils in the third 20 minutes.
The fate of the game was decided on the 14th minute of overtime when the Kings’ center forward Jeff Carter blasted an unstoppable shot past home keeper Martin Brodeur, 2-1.
The visiting netminder Jonathan Quick had a great night, helping his teammates out with 32 saves.
As for the Devil’s biggest star, Ilya Kovalchuk, the Russian spent 27 minutes on the ice, but managed to come up with only two efforts on goal.
The Kings have set an NHL record by winning their 10th straight road game in the playoffs, and now enjoy a 2-0 lead in the series.
"Like now, we may get a little nostalgic and think, you know, two more wins and we make history,” Dustin Penner, Kings forward, is cited by AP as saying. "When it comes to Monday and Wednesday night, we won’t be thinking that way. We’ll be just thinking that game, that shift, that period, the next goal. That’s how we’ve done it all playoffs."
The Stanley Cup finals move to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4, scheduled for June 4 and 6 respectively.