Anze Kopitar slipped a shot past sprawling goalie Martin Brodeur in overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils in the opening game of the Stanley Cup Final.
Kopitar took a pass from Justin Williams just inside the Devils’ zone and skated in alone on Brodeur. He faked a shot to get Brodeur to the ice, and then scored eight minutes, 13 seconds into the extra period.
“I wanted to make sure I went to the middle,” Kopitar told reporters. “I don’t know if he heard me or not, but I yelled for the puck and he chipped it. It was perfect, right on my tape. It happened pretty quick and I was able to finish it off.”
The Kings, who have won all nine of their road games in this year’s playoffs, will have a chance to extend that National Hockey League record in Game 2 of the best-of-seven series on June 2 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Colin Fraser gave the Kings a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. New Jersey’s Anton Volchenkov tied the game with less than two minutes remaining in the second period.
“It was probably the worst game in the playoffs for us,” Devils leading scorer Ilya Kovalchuk said. “Maybe we were a little too nervous before the game started, but it’s all excuses. We’ve got to make sure we know what we didn’t do right and be a different team next game.”
Jonathan Quick made 16 saves for Los Angeles. Brodeur had 23 saves for the Devils.
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