Anze Kopitar Completely Undresses Martin Brodeur in OT Thriller
The Devils scored the equalizer late in the second period after the puck rattled off of Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, which did not allow Jonathan Quick to recognize the misdirection of the puck fast enough to deflect it. After both teams settled into the overtime period, Kopitar found himself one-on-one with the famed Martin Brodeur in net and took his time, slowly undressing the Devils goaltender to send everyone in New Jersey to bed in tears.
"I wanted to make sure I went to the middle," Kopitar noted. "To put it past a goaltender like Marty, is a good feeling."
The Kings have now gone 13-2 thus far in the postseason, however they realize that they have three more games to win in order to call this season a success. They are also a perfect 9-0 on the road, doing it in true underdog fashion by taking it to the home team and demoralizing their opponent.
Losing in front of your home crowd hurts more than losing on the road, which is also why winning on the road is that much sweeter -- as you watch the fans file out of the arena in silence. Quick had a relatively easy night making 17 saves, however, he had to work to get to a few of the Devils shots. However, Devils defenseman Mark Fayne will forever look back on this game as a missed opportunity.
With an open look at the left side of the net and Quick yet to recover, Fayne appeared to have a great look at putting his team up 2-1 with his first career postseason goal. But, he whiffed, fanned, whatever you want to call it. He failed to show up in a clutch moment. Devils fans will be calling for him to warm a bench seat regardless of his performance otherwise.
The Kings have put themselves in terrific position once again heading into Game Two of a series they began on the road. The LA Live crew began working on a Stanley Cup temporary monument a few weeks back, foreshadowing what most are looking for after Game One.
It's Cup time in LA!