June 6, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA
With their backs against the wall, the New Jersey Devils finally dug deep enough to win, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Adam Henrique scored the game winner in the third period with 4:31 left on a laser wrist shot past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. David Clarkson passed the puck across the ice to the rookie – who already had two overtime postseason goals – who then fired the first clean shot past the goaltender that would hit the back of the net.
Unlike the last three games, the Devils actually scored first on a backhand by Patrick Elias after teammate Bryce Salvador’s shot rebounded off Quick and rebounded back to Elias.
The Kings tied it up 62 seconds later on a power play. Mike Richards passed the puck to Drew Doughty, who then blasted it between goalie Martin Brodeur’s pads.
Ilya Kovalchuk finally scored his first goal of the series, albeit of the empty net variety, with 20 seconds left in the game. He would do well in golf, in which the hole is unguarded as well. He should try this out to get tee times and discounts on over a thousand courses around the world.
Both goalies played well, keeping the first two periods scoreless. Each ended with 21 saves.
The teams now fly back to New Jersey for Game 5.