Game 3 (1-1-1)

 

NEWARK, NJ - The Los Angeles Kings spent the first half of the first period with all of the momentum. Although they weren't able to cash in on the power play, the Kings moved the puck very well and made the Devils earn their penalty kills.

 

Although their PP was unsuccessful, the Kings did score first as a wide open Simon Gagne was able to score on a vulnerable Martin Brodeur for his first tally as a King less than two minutes into the game.

 

In the latter half of the opening frame, however, momentum shifted to New Jersey's side as the Devils tied the game on a Patrik Elias wrist shot. From then on in, there was no scoring for the remainder of regular season despite the plethora of scoring opportunities from both teams.

 

From a special teams standpoint, it was a quiet night. The Kings just had the one power play in the first while the Devils had two, both of which the Kings killed off successfully, including a crucial late-regulation penalty drawn by Dustin Penner.

 

After making 10 of 11 saves in the opening period, Devils' goaltender Martin Brodeur left with an injury after the first period when he was replaced by Johan Heberg, who stopped all 16 shots he faced, in addition to the two he stopped in the shootout.

 

Although it was in a losing cause, Jonathan Quick played great, stopping 36 of 37 shots. Unfortunately, he wasn't quite himself in the shootout as he let in both shots he faced, resulting in New Jersey's victory.

 

Although it's a loss, the Kings did pick up a point and must be relieved that their first game back in North America this season is in the books. Along with Gagne, Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar, who keeps producing, recorded points as well by assisting on the lone goal.

 

The Kings are off tomorrow but are back in action when they travel to Philadelphia where Mike Richards will make his return to face the Flyers on Saturday.

 

 

 

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