The New Jersey Devils weren't exactly outplayed in the first period; despite trailing 1-0, their deficit was purely of their own doing. A bad turnover by Andy Greene led to Colin Fraser's goal, and Peter Harrold looked bad on defense as well, to the point where we may see Adam Larsson or Henrik Tallinder as soon as Game 2.
The Devils' period, however, may have been encapsulated by 30-goal scorer David Clarkson missing a couple of surefire chances. He missed the net early in the period on a 4-on-2, and later had this chance, where he missed beating Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick by inches.
If the Devils stop making mistakes, they can hang with this Los Angeles team, as they often had the territorial advantage in the first period.