By TOM CANAVAN AP Sports Writer
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ Anze Kopitar scored a spectacular goal on a
breakaway with 11:47 left in overtime Wednesday night and the Los
Angeles Kings beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 in Game 1 of the
Stanley Cup Finals.
Kopitar faked a backhand shot, put the puck on his forehand and
beat a prone Martin Brodeur.
Los Angeles has won all nine of its road games in the playoffs,
an NHL record. The Kings are now one win shy of the NHL record for
postseason road victories.
More importantly, they are three wins away from the franchise’s
first NHL title. They have won 11 consecutive road playoff games
dating back to last season.
Colin Fraser scored in the first period for the Kings, the No. 8
seed in the Western Conference who beat the top three teams to get
to their first Stanley Cup Finals since 1993.
Anton Volchenkov tied it late in the second period for New
Jersey, the East’s sixth seed.
Kopitar took a pass by Justin Williams from along the left wing
boards and skated in alone on Brodeur. As soon as he rifled the
puck into the net, he raised his hands and banged himself into the
boards, facing the crowd off to Brodeur’s right.
The veteran goaltender dejectedly skated off to the locker room
as the rest of the Kings piled on Kopitar.
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick finished with 17 saves in what
was a relatively easy night. Brodeur had 23 saves as the Devils
lost in overtime for just the second time this postseason; they
have won four times. LA is 3-0 in overtime this spring.
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