Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals may have lacked an abundance of scoring chances and actual goal-scoring, but the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings have just played one of the better periods of the postseason, despite neither team breaking the tie. It’s 1-1 in Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup finals after three periods.
Both teams had their chances in the third. The Devils drove most of the first half and came the closest, as Zach Parise had a goal called back because he was rude enough to sweep the puck into the net with his glove.
Martin Brodeur robbed Drew Doughty shortly thereafter, making a two-pad slide that only Brodeur makes nowadays. Brodeur may have had his best period of the series. He stopped only eight shots, but most of them -- like the Doughty play -- were of extremely high quality. The Devils defense has shored up after their mistakes in the first period, and we’re at a point where an overtime is fitting, considering how these clubs have battled.
Shots are 22-16 in favor of the Kings, who also outshot the Devils 8-7 in period three.
The last Stanley Cup finals overtime period came in Game 2 of the 2011 series, which Alex Burrows ended after a mere 11 seconds. One has to think this extra session will go a little longer, but you never know in the Stanley Cup finals.