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NHL: Late winner keeps Stanley Cup advantage with Los Angeles Kings

Jeff Carter's overtime strike secures 2-1 victory over New Jersey Devils to ensure momentum stays with Kings as focus switches to west coast.

Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings allows a goal as Stephen Gionta and Colin Fraser look on
Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings allows a goal as Stephen Gionta and Colin Fraser look on

Jeff Carter scored a vital winner late in overtime Saturday to move Los Angeles to a 2-1 victory over New Jersey, giving the Kings a commanding 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Carter scored with just over six minutes left in overtime, extending the Kings' away win streak to 10-0 in the postseason as they head back to Los Angeles for games three and four in the NHL championship series.

Carter took a shot from the right side then raced around the back of the net and picked up his own rebound before beating Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur with a long wrist shot through traffic.

It was the second straight game the Kings have won in overtime and the first time since 1951 that the first two contests of the Stanley Cup Finals have gone into overtime.

Defenceman Drew Doughty opened the scoring in the first period for the Kings, whose 10 consecutive road wins are a league record for the most in a single postseason.

Game three of the series is set for Monday night at Staples Center.

New Jersey tied it up 1-1 early in the third when forward Ryan Carter tipped a Marek Zidlicky shot past Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick. It was his fifth goal of the postseason.

Defenceman Doughty's third goal of this year's playoffs was a thing of beauty. Starting in his own end, he beat several Devils players in the neutral zone before carrying the puck over the Devils' blueline where he blasted a high wrist shot past Brodeur 7:49 into the first.

Doughty also assisted on the Kings' overtime winner in game one.

 

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