June 4, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA
On June 2, the Los Angeles Kings’s Game 2 win gave it the distinction of having won the first two games of each of its four postseason series. Today, they made it the first three games of each of its series by shutting out the New Jersey Devils 4-0.
What had been a tight series in the first two games, both decided in overtime, became a laugher as Devils goalie Martin Brodeur morphed into Swiss cheese as the Kings scored twice in the second period and two more times in the third.
His counterpart, Jonathan Quick, remained solid, recording 22 saves. Throughout the first three games, he has allowed only two goals, and notched his third postseason shutout, a team record.
Alec Martinez put the Kings on the scoreboard after teammate Dwight King hacked at the puck that was underneath Brodeur’s pad and Martinez was able to nudge it into the goal. Brodeur protested mightily that he had covered up the puck but to no avail.
Anze Kopitar added to the lead by taking a Dustin Brown pass across the ice and lifting over Brodeur to make it 2-0.
Jeff Carter and Justin Williams both scored power play goals early in the third period only 2:32 apart putting the game out of reach.
The Devils are 0-12 in power plays, none more exasperating than the five-on-three they had for 59 seconds in which they failed to capitalize, managing only one shot on goal.
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