Originally written on Rotowire  |  Last updated 11/16/14

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 31: Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on January 31, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. The Kings defeated the Devils 3-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Anze Kopitar is hardly the skater a goaltender wants to see bearing down on him in overtime with yards of unimpeded ice. Kopitar's slick hands, put on display during the St. Louis series, waited out Martin Brodeur and snagged Los Angeles a 2-1 victory in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday evening, giving the Kings home-ice advantage in the process. In a physical game where each squad took turns carrying the play and using its forecheck to create offensive chances, several strange bounces of the puck were ultimately what decided the opening stanza of the finals. Kopitar's goal was the product of New Jersey being in a bit too deep on the offensive end of the ice allowing Justin Williams, one of two Los Angeles players with a Cup ring (Rob Scuderi, the other), to spring the immensely talented center in on goal with a backhand pass. The Devils were simply the victim of a few too many bounces against them on Wednesday evening, as Game 1 revealed what should be a physical seri...
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