Devils know offense needs to be better
New Jersey trails Kings after Game 1 loss
If the Devils are going to win their fourth Stanley Cup, one would think they will have to be better offensively than they were in their overtime loss to the Kings in the first game of the Stanley Cup final Wednesday night.
New Jersey mustered only 17 shots on Jonathan Quick in 68:13 of hockey as the Kings, kings of the road in these playoffs, took a 2-1 victory.
Game 2 is Saturday night in Newark before the teams head west for Games 3 and 4.
The only goal the Devils scored in Game 1 actually was put in by the Kings. There was also a Zach Parise goal waved off because the Devils captain pushed the puck into the net with his glove. The call stood up under review.
The Devils did not stand up offensively as the Kings made it 9-0 on the road in the 2012 playoffs.
"It would have been nice to get a bounce, but I don't believe we deserved to win tonight," coach Pete DeBoer said. "That's the bottom line. If we had won, we would have been sneaking one out."
Defenseman Anton Volchenkov's wrist shot from the point bounced around and wound up going in off the chest of L.A. defenseman Slava Voynov as the Devils tied the game late in the second period.
The defense pair of Marek Zidlicky and Bryce Salvador was victimized for Anze Kopitar's winning goal 8:13 into overtime as goalie Martin Brodeur, appearing in his 200th playoff game, couldn't keep his team from losing.
"It feels great anytime you finish it off in overtime and face a world-class goalie like Marty," Kopitar said. "It's a good feeling."