Kings, Devils scoreless after first period

The first period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals has passed without a goal as the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils are battling at Staples Center.

The Devils were awarded two power plays in the period, while the Kings had one full advantage and will enjoy a carry-over edge for the first 75 seconds of the middle period.

Jonathan Quick made eight stops in the frame to keep New Jersey off the board while Martin Brodeur made seven saves.

Los Angeles had the first power play of the game when Zach Parise was called for a trip of Justin Williams 3:02 in. The best chance of the advantage came in the second half when a drop pass was left at the left point for Alec Martinez on a rush. He got a big blast on net, but Brodeur made the stop then gloved the rebound out of the air.

Jarret Stoll was then called for a hook of Travis Zajac at the 5:53 mark, but New Jersey didn't manage a shot during the advantage.

However, Dustin Brown was penalized seconds after the Stoll penalty expired as he tripped Alexei Ponikarovsky. Quick had to be sharp on this one as he made a nice glove save on a Petr Sykora wrist shot from the slot.

With just over three minutes left, Jersey caught a break when a Williams tip of a right point shot caromed off the near post and stayed out.

An interference call to Bryce Salvador with 45 seconds left in the period gave the Kings another power play and the post was the Devils' friend again as an Anze Kopitar shot ricocheted off the pipe.

The Kings are hoping to wrap up the series for the first Cup victory in the franchise's history, while the Devils are hoping to keep the series alive and send it back to Newark for Game 5.