Jeff Carter Sends Kings Back to LA Up 2-0
The New Jersey Devils have a lot of work to do.
But the most remarkable statistic is that the Kings tied an NHL record with a 10th victory on the road. Los Angeles are perfect on the road in the postseason and gives them the chance to close out the series on home ice at Staples Center.
Carter picked the puck up behind New Jersey's net before cycling round and rifling a shot past Martin Brodeur's blocker.
Drew Doughty had given the Kings a first-period advantage with a goal worthy of the Finals.
The Devils played better overall in game two, but found Jonathan Quick in inspired form as he turned away 29 shots. Quick has been stellar in the playoffs and the Devils will need to find a way to solve him if they are going to mount of a comeback. The Milford, CT native has a GAA of 1.44 and save percentage of .947 with two shutouts through 16 games in the postseason.
Sutter said: "He's a goalscorer. You know what, you're counting on him to score a big goal.
But Sutter is not getting ahead of himself.
"Tonight was heavy lifting. You know, it was along the baords. Their defense 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."
Devils coach Peter DeBoer was frustrated with the defeat after an improved display in which New Jersey got more shots in on Quick.
He said: "That's something we've been trying to do the entire playoff. We just played a much better game tonight. We spent more time in their end of the ice, got more shots through to the net, got more points shot.
"It wasn't an adjustment. That's our game. We just executed better tonight than we did Game 1.
"Yeah, it's tough. But, you know, you can't feel sorry for yourself. We played a much better game. I knew we would respond. We did it the right way. You know, came up one goal short."