The Los Angeles Kings will have to wait until Saturday night to potentially hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup, as the New Jersey Devils denied their Western Conference counterpart the sweep in Wednesday’s Game 4.
Going into the final frame, the game was scoreless, and the men in white gloves were preparing to present the hallowed trophy to the home team. Nearly 8 minutes into that third period, Patrick Elias gave the Devils the lead, but less than a minute later, it was all tied up. New Jersey’s David Clarkson got called for boarding, and just seconds later Drew Doughty scored the power play goal to even things at 1 on a slapshot. The Devils had already killed off three penalties to that point in the game, but not the fourth.
The game remained tied for another 6 minutes, but after the clock dropped below the 5 minute mark remaining in regulation, Adam Henrique netted what would be the game-winning goal, assisted by Clarkson.
In a last ditch attempt to re-tie the game, the Kings pulled net-minder Jonathan Quick with under a minute to play, but the hopes were quieted as Ilya Kovalchuk scored an empty netter to all but seal things.
Brodeur picked up the victory, though he and Jonathan Quick stopped the same number of shots in the contest – 21 a piece – but it was that extra shot by the Devils that forces a Game 5.
This is only the third time in these playoffs that the Kings have reached a Game 5. On their prior two, they used the opportunity to close out the series.