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Anze Kopitar overtime hero in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final

Posted on May 31, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Anze Kopitar scores on Martin Brodeur in overtime

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final between the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings was exactly as I expected. These two clubs did not get to this stage by accident. Instead, with the incredible forechecking that was on display Wednesday night. Fans that had yet to see the two squads quickly identified how they were able to get to the finals stage.

Sure, the offense was not on full display in Game 1 as a result of the long layoff. However, the intensity which with both combatants play the game was. The number of hits registered read 35-44 in favor of New Jersey that games end. The number of shots 25-17 in favor of Los Angeles. You can expect more of the same hard-hitting style action throughout the series, with a bit more finish in terms of offense.

In this one, Colin Fraser opened the scoring halfway through the first frame with his first-ever Stanley Cup playoff goal for the Los Angeles Kings, completing a one-timer that Martin Brodeur should've stopped.

In the dying minutes of the second, the New Jersey Devils get it back to even the scoring with one of the luckiest deflections I have ever seen. In the end, Anton Volchenkov got the credit for putting it into the net.

This game needed overtime, leave it up to the player who has led the Los Angeles Kings for the past five years, Anze Kopitar kept the Los Angeles Kings winning ways alive.

This Kings' team has set the record for most consecutive wins on the road in a playoff season. The mark now stands at nine in a row. The LA Kings have yet to lose on the road in the 2012 playoffs.

The Los Angeles Kings take Game 1 of the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final series from the New Jersey Devils by a score of 2-1.

[Source: HockeyFanLand.com] / [Photo: Jim Mclsaac]

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