Devils 2, Kings 1 (Kings lead series 3-2)
* Devils: 3rd team since best-of-7 format in SCF (1939) to lose 1st 3 games then force Game 6 (1945 Red Wings & 1942 Maple Leafs)
* Bryce Salvador: go-ahead goal in 2nd period; 3 Pts in last 2 games (0 in 1st 3)
* Zach Parise: 1st point of Final; ends 5-game pointless streak (t-longest of season)
* Devils: 18-18 all-time in elimination games
* Martin Brodeur: snaps 2-game home losing streak; had not lost 3 straight at home in 1 playoff year since 2008 vs Rangers
* Kings: loss snaps 10-game road winning streak; was tied for longest in single postseason
* Justin Williams: 4th goal this postseason; 2nd in 3 games
* All 3 games of SCF played in NJ have finished with the same 2-1 score. Kings won Games 1 & 2 by that score, Devils tonight
* Game 6 - Monday 8 ET at Kings (NJ: 13-12 all-time in Game 6; LA: 11-6)
FROM ELIAS: Bryce Salvador gave the Devils a 2–1 lead with a goal at the 9:05 mark of the second period and New Jersey preserved that one-goal lead the rest of the way for a victory over the Kings in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals. It was the fourth goal of the 2012 playoffs and the first Stanley Cup finals goal for Salvador, who played all 82 games for the Devils in the 2011–12 regular season without scoring a single goal. He’s the first player in NHL history to score a goal in a Stanley Cup finals after playing in 80 or more games and not scoring a goal in the preceding regular season. The old record for that was held by another New Jersey defenseman, Ken Daneyko, who scored a goal in Game 1 of the 2000 finals against the Dallas Stars, after going goalless in 78 games in the 1999–2000 season.
FROM ELIAS: The Devils are only the third team to win Games 4 and 5 of a Stanley Cup finals after losing the first three games of the series. The Maple Leafs did that in 1942 against the Red Wings (Toronto also won Games 6 and 7), and three years later the Red Wings returned the favor against the Maple Leafs (Detroit won Game 6 in the 1945 finals as well, but Toronto prevailed in Game 7).
NEXT LEVEL: In a repeat performance of Game 4, the Kings took 19 of their 26 shots low on Martin Brodeur, who stopped each of them. Entering Game 5, 32 of the 46 goals allowed by Brodeur during the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs were low.
NEXT LEVEL: Justin Williams’ second-period goal was scored on Martin Brodeur’s high stick side. It is the seventh goal allowed by Brodeur to that area in the postseason, fifth in the Stanley Cup finals.
NEXT LEVEL: The Devils blocked 20 shots on Saturday, their most in a game during the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.