Devils Put the Heat on Kings

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Devils Put the Heat on Kings

June 9, 2012 – Newark, NJ

The Stanley Cup has suddenly become a real contest as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 in Game 5. Down three games to none, the Devils seemed to be mere road bumps as the Kings marched towards the inevitable sweep.

But they have now won their second game in a row and breathe down the Kings’s back as the Kings failed to close out the series twice since going up 3-0. Suddenly, goalie Jonathan Quick looks vulnerable.

Led by 40-year-old goalie Martin Brodeur’s 25 saves, Zach Parise capitalized on a power play to put the Devils on the scoreboard first with a wrist shot in the first period. It was the first Devils powerplay goal in 16 chances. It was also Parise’s first goal and point of the series.

The Kings’s Justin Williams tied it in the second on a wrist shot but the Devils went back up with a tip-in by Bryce Salvador less than six minutes later.

A scoreless third gave the Devils the distinction of being the first team since 1945 to force a Game 6 after losing the first three games.

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