The visiting Los Angeles Kings grabbed a 1-0 lead over the New Jersey Devils after the first period of the opening game in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday.
The Kings drew first blood midway through the period when center Jordan Nolan won control of the puck behind the Devils' net with a crunching forecheck and passed to Colin Fraser, who swept it past Martin Brodeur at 10:04.
Los Angeles netminder Jonathan Quick withstood a spirited New Jersey assault for an equalizer, turning away a point-blank blast by Travis Zajac, and watching an in-close shot by David Clarkson sail over the net.
Each team registered five shots on goal in the opening period.
(Reporting By Larry Fine; Editing by Steve Keating)