Los Angeles, CA – The Los Angeles Kings are 20 minutes away from their first Stanley Cup in franchise history as they hold a 4-1 lead over the New Jersey Devils after two periods of Game 6.
Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis all scored during a five-minute power play in the first period and Carter added a goal in the second period for the commanding lead.
Adam Henrique scored late in the second to get the Devils within three.
It took just 90 seconds for the Kings to make it a 4-0 game in the second period. A turnover behind the New Jersey net saw Brown come away with the puck and skate it to the boards at the left circle. He snapped a pass to the slot where Carter wristed the puck home for his second of the game.
At the six-minute mark, Bryce Salvador was given a double-minor for high sticking and the Kings peppered Martin Brodeur with shots, but he turned all of them aside to keep the game from becoming even more lopsided.
New Jersey avoided another bullet when Ryan Carter was called for roughing and given a misconduct at the 14:23 mark, as Los Angeles was unable to take advantage.
The Devils got some life with 1:15 to play when a left circle faceoff win saw the puck come to the net and Henrique jam it in for his fifth of the playoffs.
A roughing call on LA's Dustin Penner with 16.1 seconds to play in the second period will carry over into the third.
Brodeur has allowed all four of the goals on 21 shots while Jonathan Quick has stopped nine shots for the Kings.
The five-minute power play in the first period was awarded to the Kings as Steve Bernier was given a major and misconduct for boarding Rob Scuderi.
Scuderi was playing the puck behind his own net when Bernier came charging in and slammed him face-first into the boards. Scuderi was bleeding from a cut on his nose after the hit and the Kings power play went to work at the 10:10 mark.
The first goal came less than a minute later as a Drew Doughty shot from the left point was redirected by Brown in the low slot.
The Kings continued to skate on the advantage and made it a 2-0 game with 7:15 to play in the period. The puck was chipped down low and Los Angeles won the battle deep to the left of the net. Mike Richards was able to slip it to the low left circle for Brown, who cut to the front and snapped a wrister that Carter tipped past Martin Brodeur for his seventh of the playoffs.
In the final seconds of the power play, Dwight King rushed the puck down the left wing and charged the net. He lost control of the puck, but it slid over to the right and Lewis was able to slam it home with 4:59 left in the period.
New Jersey wasn't able to generate much offensively in the first period and Quick stopped all four shots he faced. The Kings, though, did benefit from the right post late in the frame when Patrik Elias' shot from the slot rang off the iron.