Newark, NJ – The Los Angeles Kings hold a 1-0 lead over the New Jersey Devils after the first period in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Prudential Center.
New Jersey looked to immediately establish its forecheck after the game's opening faceoff and the early pressure around the Los Angeles crease led to Kings defenseman Matt Greene cross-checking Ryan Carter. Moments before the penalty, Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick turned away Stephen Gionta's left- circle drive.
The best opportunity on the power play belonged to the Kings, with New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur repelling a right-wing bid from Trevor Lewis on a shorthanded 2-on-1 rush.
Defenseman Drew Doughty beat Brodeur to the blocker side with a wrister from the right circle at the 7:49 mark of the first period, giving Los Angeles a 1-0 lead.
Seven seconds after the goal, the Devils went back on a power play when Kings blueliner Willie Mitchell was whistled for cross-checking. Quick made a left arm save on Patrik Elias on the ensuing man-advantage to preserve the lead.
The Devils outshot the guests, 10-6, during the opening 20 minutes.