Rapid Reaction: Devils 3, Kings 1
June, 6, 2012
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
Recap | Box score | Photos
WHAT IT MEANS: They're still alive.
Adam Henrique, who has a knack for scoring big goals, notched his fourth of the playoffs with 4:29 left in the third period to snap a 1-all tie, and the Devils staved off elimination, beating the Kings 3-1 on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
New Jersey has never been swept in 43 playoff series -- the longest active streak in the NHL and second-longest streak in league history.
Henrique, 22, also tallied series-clinching overtime winners against Florida and the Rangers.
MAR-TY-VELOUS: Martin Brodeur was absolutely stellar. The 40-year-old netminder made 21 saves to pick up his first victory of the series. His best stop of the evening came in the second period when he robbed Simon Gagne with his left pad. Brodeur also stoned Dustin Penner with 3:45 left in the third.
It didn't hurt that Brodeur was the recipient of some good fortune when Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar hit the post in the first.
FINALLY: Patrik Elias gave the Devils their first lead of the series with 12:04 left in the third period, finishing off a rebound in front. It was his fifth goal of the playoffs and first of the series.
WEAKSAUCE: Just 62 seconds after Elias tallied, the Kings tied the game. David Clarkson was sent to the penalty box on a questionable boarding call, and six seconds into the ensuing power play, Drew Doughty scored from the point to tie the game at 1.
ABOUT TIME: Ilya Kovalchuk recorded an empty-net goal for his first point of the series. Kovalchuk had missed a golden opportunity to give the Devils the lead two minutes into the second period when he could not corral a puck on the doorstep.
POWERLESS: The Devils went 0-for-3 on the power play in Game 4 and are 0-for-15 on the man advantage in the series.
UP NEXT: Game 5, Saturday night at Prudential Center