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Thursday, May 31, 2012
Analysis: Game 1 facts

By ESPN Stats and Information Group

Kings keep it low
NEXT LEVEL: The Kings directed 20 of their 25 shots on goal low against Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, including both goals in a 2-1 overtime win. Brodeur has allowed 28 goals in the playoffs on low shots, nine more than any other goalie and 11 more than opposing netminder Jonathan Quick.

Martin Brodeur by Shot Location
Wednesday vs Kings
Goals Shots
Low Stick 1<< 5
5-Hole 1 7
Low Glove 0 8
High Glove 0 3
High Stick 0 2
>>Game-winning goal by Anze Kopitar


Stoll solid in the circle
Jarret Stoll won nine of his 10 faceoffs. Entering the series, Stoll was 28th in the NHL on postseason faceoffs, winning 49.6 percent of his draws. Stoll was 4-4 in the offensive zone, including winning the overtime faceoff less than a minute before Anze Kopitar’s game-winning goal.

Ferocious forecheck
Colin Fraser's first-period goal came from a strong forecheck by Jordan Nolan that forced a turnover in the New Jersey zone. The Devils had eight defensive-zone turnovers Wednesday night (six giveaways and two Kings takeaways), whereas the Kings turned the puck over once in the attacking zone.

Clarkson can’t convert
David Clarkson had two great chances in the first period but missed the net with both shots. Clarkson finished with one shot on goal and the two shots that missed the net. Entering Wednesday, Clarkson had 35 shots on goal and missed with only six.