The Los Angeles Kings were going back to California regardless. They were hoping they'd do so on a champagne-soaked airplane with a good friend named Lord Stanley, but instead it's gonna be a somber six hour flight. The New Jersey Devils have lived to see another day, and they'll also board an airplane in preparation for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Staples Center on Monday night.
Bryce Salvador scored the game-winning goal at the 9:05 mark of the second period and the Devils, led by a vintage performance by Martin Brodeur, somehow held off the Kings in the third period. Los Angeles came the strongest in the final minute, peppering Brodeur with shots from all angles on their final shift of the hockey game. There was plenty of open ice for the Kings to work with a player from each team in the penalty box and Jonathan Quick on the bench for an extra attacker, but in the end Brodeur and the Devils were just too much for L.A. to handle.
Zach Parise opened the scoring at the 12:45 mark of the first period with a power play tally, his first of the series. Justin Williams was perhaps the most dangerous forward on the ice in the hockey game and he tied the score at 1-1 early in the second period, but Brodeur really was the difference in a dramatic New Jersey victory.
We have a series on our hands, and the Kings finally have a road loss on their hands in these playoffs. Now, they'll try to win the Cup at home in Game 6. If they don't, there's going to be a lot of panic around Southern California.