The Devils probably played a better period than any individual period they played in Game 1, outshooting the Kings 10-6, but the Kings got something extraordinary from Drew Doughty to lead 1-0 through 20 in Game 2 in Newark.
Doughty made an exceptional, end-to-end rush, beating one of his own players and Devils forward Ryan Carter, before using Bryce Salvador as a screen to shoot past Martin Brodeur blocker side.
The Kings had good individual shifts from their top line, but the Devils have sustained better attack. They are clearly looking for deflections to beat Kings netminder Jonathan Quick after spending much of Game 1 trying to shoot high. We’ll see if the Devils find a strategy to beat Quick before time runs out in Game 2.