Carter’s winning shot lifts Kings past Devils
JEFF Carter scored the game winner late in over-time on Saturday to lift Los Angeles to a 2-1 win over New Jersey, giving the Kings a commanding 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Carter scored with 6:18 left in the extra session, extending the Kings’ road win streak to 10-0 in the post-season as they now head back to Los Angeles for games three and four in the NHL championship series.
Carter took a shot from the right side then raced around the back of the goal where he collected his own rebound before beating Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur with a long wrist shot through a tangle of legs and sticks.
“I just took it wide and came around the net and tried to get it out of the way of all the sticks and it went home,” Carter said.
It was the second straight game the Kings have won in over-time and it is the first time since 1951 that the opening two contests of the Stanley Cup Finals have gone into an extra session.
“We will enjoy this one tonight but then we have to put it behind us,” Carter said.
Defenceman Drew Doughty opened the scoring in the first period for the Kings, whose 10 consecutive road wins are a league record for the most in a single post-season.
Game three of the series is set for Monday night at Staples Center.
The Kings are making their second appearance in the Stanley Cup finals and are now just two wins away from their first NHL title.
They played the role of giant killers to reach the finals, knocking off the West’s top three seeds — Vancouver, St. Louis and Phoenix — and Saturday’s win was also the result of patience and hard work said coach Darryl Sutter.
“Tonight was heavy lifting,” Sutter said. “You know, it was along the boards.
Their defence are coming down. Quite honest, for probably a good part of two periods, they were controlling that part of the boards.
Hey, you know what, we’ll have our work cut out going home.” New Jersey tied it up 1-1 early in the third when forward Ryan Carter tipped a Marek Zidlicky shot past Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick. It was his fifth goal of the post-season.