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Stanley Cup Final: Kings lead Devils, 1-0, after first period

Colin Fraser's goal gives the Kings the early lead against New Jersey in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

May 30, 2012|By Chris Foster
  • Kings forward Colin Fraser, right, celebrates with his teammates after scoring during the first period of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.
Kings forward Colin Fraser, right, celebrates with his teammates after… (Bruce Bennett / Getty Images )

NEWARK, N.J. – The Kings continue to love life on the road.

Colin Fraser’s goal gave the Kings a 1-0 lead over the New Jersey Devils after one period in the Stanley Cup Final opener at Prudential Center Wednesday.

The Kings are 8-0 on the road during the playoffs, but the Devils matched their first-period effort.

The scrappy first nine minutes was a exercise in give-and-take, with both teams managing only one shot on goal. That changed when the Kings’ Jordan Nolan knocked New Jersey’s Andy Greene off the puck behind the Devils’ net.

Nolan centered to Fraser, whose one-timer beat goaltender Martin Brodeur for a 1-0 lead 9:54 into the game.

The Devils continued to press, but their best chance at beating Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick was thwarted by defenseman Willie Mitchell. With Quick down, David Clarkson got off a shot, but the puck went off Mitchell’s stick.

Both teams had five shots during the period.

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