May 30, 2012 – Newark, NJ
The Los Angeles Kings handcuffed the New Jersey Devils in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, defeating them 2-1 in overtime.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick had 17 saves while Devils goalie Martin Brodeur had 23. The Kings took the lead with a first period goal by Colin Fraser after taking the puck from teammate Jordan Nolan.
The Devils had to rely on the Kings to score a goal for them as Anton Volchenkov blistered the puck at Quick and the rebound bounced off the chest and then stick of the Kings defenseman Slava Voynov and into the net to knot the score at one.
Both teams failed to convert more chances, the most dramatic by the apparent Devils goal after wild scrambling in and around Quick. The referee waved off Zach Parise’s goal, which was overturned in review as replays showed him sweeping the puck into the net with his hand.
Anze Kopitar scored an awesome breakaway goal with 11:47 left in overtime, faking out Brodeur with beautiful stick-work and slipping the puck in at the last second after the goalie sprawled on the ice.