Devils Keep Series Going With First Win
There's a long road ahead for the New Jersey Devils if they're to win the Stanley Cup, but the word sweep has been eliminated from the record books as the series heads back to New Jersey for game 5.
The game was scoreless going into the third period. Patrick Elias gave the Devils their first lead of the series 7:56 into the period. Just one minute later, after an iffy call on David Clarkson, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty scored a power play goal to tie it.
As the clock continued and another overtime seemed imminent Adam Henrique scored high on Jonathan Quick off of a great pass from Clarkson. That would be the game-winner and Ilya Kovalchuk capped off the Devils first win with an empty-net goal.
Devils coach Pete DeBoer said Henrique's been unflabbale. "A big-time play. Off a skate, a quick shot up top. I mean, especially with the way Quick has been playing. It was a goal-scorer's play. He's got a knack for that."
Henrique said, "I think Clarky turned it over right away. You saw it when he had it in the blue line. I was hoping he was going to see me. Made a great play across the ice. Got off my skate pretty good. Anyway, just had to get it to the net quick."
Martin Brodeur has been in 3-1 situations before and overcome them. When asked about it he said, "I think it's a tough situation, you know, for us to be in. We pulled it off, one game. We'll take it one game at a time. But I'm sure they're not happy to make that trip. We'll try to make it miserable for them again."
Kings coach Darryl Sutter had a John Tortorella-length press conference after the game, saying the game was similar to the first two.