Rapid Reaction: Devils 2 , Kings 1
June, 9, 2012
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com
Recap | Box score | Photos
What it means: Looks like we have a series.
Facing a daunting 3-0 deficit, the New Jersey Devils have now rattled off two straight wins against the Los Angeles Kings to force a Game 6 and keep their comeback hopes alive.
Held off the scoresheet in the first four games of the series, captain Zach Parise finally tallied a goal, and defenseman Bryce Salvador chipped in with one of his own for a 2-1 Devils win at Prudential Center on Saturday night.
Pulling within a game of the Kings, 3-2, the Devils sullied L.A.'s immaculate 10-0 road record and sent the series back to the West Coast for Monday's Game 6.
No team since 1942 has come back to win the Cup after falling behind 3-0, but the Devils are making their best attempt to become the second.
Captain comes through: Parise recorded his first point of the series with a power-play goal that gave the team a 1-0 lead in the first period. Jonathan Quick made a rare puck-handling miscue behind the net and Parise beat him back to the right post to stuff it in at 12:45. It was Parise's first goal since May 23 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Rangers.
Power-play breaks through: Parise's first-period marker was also the Devils' first power-play goal this series. The Devils entered Saturday's match 0-for-15 with the man-advantage through the first four games against the Kings' stingy penalty-killing unit.
Second-chance stunner: After hitting the post in the first period, L.A.'s Justin Williams ripped a shot past Martin Brodeur to tie the score early in the second period.
Stellar saves: Dueling goaltenders Brodeur and Quick made a pair of tremendous stops within the span of 19 seconds early in the second period. With the game tied at 1, Brodeur stacked his pads to stop Jarret Stoll on a breakaway at 4:53. Quick answered at the other end with his best save of the night, kicking out his right pad to deny Travis Zajac's back-handed attempt at 5:12.
Victim Voynov: Salvador was credited with the Devils' go-ahead goal at 9:05 of the second after his shot appeared to deflect first off teammate David Clarkson, then Kings defenseman Slava Voynov. It was a tough break for the rookie blue-liner, who had a puck bounce off him for a Devils goal earlier in the series.
Sky-high: Despite Stoll's best attempt to sell what would’ve been the equalizer for the Kings at 11:16 of the second, his bat-the-puck-out-of-midair-goal was immediately waved off because of a high stick.