Originally posted on National Post | Sports:
NEWARK, N.J. — In the end it came down to Anze Kopitar’s hands and stick, and his memory of a shootout goal from six years ago. He went backhand then, and figured Martin Brodeur might remember that he went backhand, which in fact Brodeur did. And so when the Kings centre scissored the puck and carved the 40-year-old Brodeur like a filet, he ended it with a forehand. And that was the difference in Game 1.
But that probably won’t have much effect on Game 2, or the rest of the Stanley Cup final, and not just because the Devils are unlikely to surrender another breakaway in overtime to one of the two most dangerous men in the building. On the day after the Los Angeles Kings took a 1-0 series lead on the New Jersey Devils, the two teams agreed on a few things: Nobody played their best game, both teams experienced nerves, and the ice was about two hours shy of a puddle. In other words, we ain’t seen nothing yet.
“We’ve got to bring the game we know we can bring,” said Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who stopped 17 of the 18 shots he faced. “We didn’t bring it last night, and I don’t think they brought theirs, either.”