LOS ANGELES – It was a rematch of the 2011/12 Stanley Cup as the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings with different results from the series final. It took a milestone goal and 62 and a half minutes for the Devils to defeat the Kings 2-1 in overtime.
Jaromir Jagr sealed the game with a goal exactly halfway through the overtime period, but the goal meant more than just a win and two points for the Devils. The goal was the 690th of Jagr’s career, putting him in a tie for ninth all-time with former long time teammate, Mario Lemieux. Jagr is now two goals away from a tie of eighth all-time (Steve Yzerman), and four away from a tie for seventh (Mark Messier).
Ryan Carter opened up the scoring with a backhanded shot from just past the left faceoff dot.
Just a minute and a half later, Justin Williams re-budled the score with a tip in the crease. Anze Kopitar lead a rush and shot the puck that slipped through Cory Schneider’s seven-hole in to the open crease where Williams poked the puck home to tie the game.
Jagr closed the game with a goal in overtime. A turnover started with a blind pass from Kopitar to the stick of Dainius Zubrus who found the open Marek Zidlicky down ice. Zidlicky toe-dragged the puck and found an open Jagr who lifted the puck over the pad of Ben Scrivens for the game winner.
Jagr and Dustin Brown were sent to the penalty box early in the overtime period, and came out of the box at the same time. Brown blew his coverage of Jagr leaving him open next to the net.
Goaltenders Cory Schneider (Devils) and Ben Scrivens (Kings) combined for 47 saves on 50 shots.
Final from Staples Center in Los Angeles, California:
Devils, 2 Kings, 1 (OT)
Three Stars of the Game:
1. Cory Schneider, NJD (34 Saves)
2. Anze Kopitar, LAK (Assist)
3. Matt Frattin, LAK (2 Hits, and a tough fought game, possibly his best of the season)
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