NEWARK, N.J. -- Bryce Salvador may have been a so-called "no-name defenseman" going into the Stanley Cup finals.
He isn't anymore.
"I don't know how you couldn't know him," fellow blueliner Mark Fayne said after Salvador scored the decisive goal in Game 5, the New Jersey Devils' 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.
"If you watch any highlights from the playoffs, he's gonna be on them. He's just been a horse for us."
Salvador, 36, has been known throughout his decade-long career as a stay-at-home defenseman, always making the intangible plays -- blocking shots, closing off offensive players on the rush or killing penalties -- that don't show up in the box score.
But ever since the 2012 playoffs began, Salvador has added a never-before-seen offensive dimension to his game. And that dimension was on full display Saturday night.
With 10:55 remaining in the second period and the score tied at 1, Salvador patiently waited for a shooting lane to open before firing a wrist shot from the left point. The puck deflected off defenseman Slava Voynov's shoulder and past goaltender Jonathan Quick. Salvador's fourth goal of the playoffs proved to be the winner as the Devils staved off elimination once again.
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