The Los Angeles Kings are only three wins away from their very first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
Wednesday night in New Jersey, Anze Kopitar scored on a breakaway in overtime as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 2-1 to take a 1-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Kopitar was able to easily skate into the Devils zone when there was a Devils defensive breakdown. Dainius Zubrus and Bryce Salvador both went after Kings’ forward Justin Williams, allowing Kopitar to be wide open.
It is interesting because of the timing. The error probably would not have happened when the Devils were so defensively sound a few years ago with Scott Niedermayer and Scott Stevens at the forefront of the Devils blueline.
With the win, the Kings are a perfect 9-0 in the playoffs. Former Oiler Colin Fraser, who was traded for Ryan Smyth in the offseason, opened the scoring with his first career playoff goal.