The Devils have been able to outskate the Kings deep in the Los Angeles zone, and it seems to be getting to the Kings a bit. Take this Mike Richards elbowing penalty, for example, which put the Devils on the game’s first power play.
Then, less than a minute later, the jokes write themselves as Jeff Carter joined Richards in the penalty box for this high-stick on Adam Henrique. The officials did a solid job of quickly making sure Henrique wasn’t bleeding, which would have caused a four-minute double minor penalty.
Just after stepping out of the box, Richards got a step on Marek Zidlicky at the Kings blue line while on the penalty kill, negating the Carter penalty. The Devils won the first period, especially at five-on-five, but the special teams were huge in keeping Los Angeles in that period.
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