The Los Angeles Kings did it again Saturday night. They outlasted the New Jersey Devils in a hard-fought, 2-1 overtime win. The Devils played extremely well and may have been the better team on the night, but in the end, a goal from Jeff Carter was the difference.
In the overtime period the Devils had the better chances, but with about 6:30 to go, Carter got the puck and raced into their zone. He tried to slide a pass across to linemate Dustin Penner but the puck didn’t get through cleanly. Carter then circled around behind the net, picked the pick up again, took it out, turned between the circles and fired it part Martin Brodeur.
Video of the goal after the jump.
It was a great individual effort by a forward who has helped turn the Kings around when he arrived via trade from the Columbus Blue Jackets at the deadline. The goal gave Los Angeles a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals, and improved their record on the road in the postseason to 10-0. Carter said it was definitely the biggest goal of his career.
Los Angeles is now just two wins away from securing the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.