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Stanley Cup Final: L.A. Kings lose Game 4, 3-1

The Devils score an empty-net goal with 19 seconds left to finish off the Kings, 3-1. Game 5 will be on Saturday in New Jersey.

June 06, 2012|By Chris Foster
  • Kings goalie Jonathan Quick makes a save on a redirect by New Jersey forward Ilya Kovalchuk, center, as defenseman Willie Mitchell looks on during the first period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick makes a save on a redirect by New Jersey forward… (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles…)

THIRD PERIOD

There will be a Game 5 in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final after the Devils scored an empty-net goal.

New Jersey winger Ilya Kovalchuk gathered the puck at the L.A. blue line and flipped in a shot with 19 seconds left to give the Devils a 3-1 lead.

The teams will meet at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., for Game 5.

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It just got worse for the Kings.

Defenseman Willie Miitchell is sent off for high sticking with 2 minutes 50 seconds left. 

The Devils, though, are 0 for 2 on power plays in Game 4, with Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick stopping four shots.

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The Devils reclaimed the lead.

Devils winger David Clarkson picked up a turnover near center ice and went into the Kings’ zone.

He sent a cross-ice pass to Adam Henrique, who flipped a wrist shot past goaltender Jonathan Quick's stick side 5:31 into the third period.

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Devils winger David Clarkson is sent off for boarding Dustin Brown, giving the Kings their fourth power play of the game.

Kings winger Anze Kopitar won the face off. Center Mike Richards slide a pass toward the blue line to defenseman Drew Doughty, who fired a shot through traffic and into the net to tie the score, 1-1, 8 minutes 58 seconds into the third period.

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The Devils finally beat Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.

New Jersey defenseman Bryce Salvador put a shot on goal from the blue line that Quick blocked with his right pad. But winger Patrik Elias swept the rebound into the net with a quick backhand motion for a 1-0 lead 12 minutes 4 seconds into the third period.

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The Kings’ Simon Gagne stole a pass at the L.A. blue line and raced up ice on a two-on-one breakaway five minutes into the period.

Gagne passed to Trevor Lewis, but goaltender Martin Brodeur disrupted his attempt with a poke-check and the puck slid wide of the goal.

Earlier in the period, Gagne beat the Devils down the left boards to get a close-range shot that Brodeur blocked.

SECOND PERIOD

At this point, the New Jersey Devils have likely seen enough of Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.

The two teams are scoreless through two periods of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on Wednesday evening.

Quick has stopped 85 consecutive shots, dating to Game 2. New Jersey has not scored a goal in the last 130 minutes of the series.

The Devils had only three shots in the second period, but two were quality chances.

A weird ricochet of the puck came off Ilya Kovalchuk’s stick at the crease, but Quick extended his right leg to make the save two minutes into the second period.

Marek Zidlicky fired a shot from the boards through traffic, but Quick was able to make a kick save nine minutes into the period.

Martin Brodeur matched Quick’s play. He denied Simon Gagne on a breakaway 15 minutes into the period and, moments later, smothered a shot by Matt Greene.

The game is also close to a statistical draw, with the Kings having 14 shots to the Devils' 11. L.A. is 0 for 3 on the power play and New Jersey, which has a 30-22 edge in hits, is 0 for 2.

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The Kings fail to get a shot on goal during their third power play of the game.

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Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador is sent off for intereference 8 minutes 19 seconds into the second period.

The Kings are on their third power play of the game, having twice failed to score in the first period and start of the second.

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