Entering Game 5 Saturday night in Newark, the team that scored first had won 16 consecutive Stanley Cup Final games.
The gears of a 2-1 New Jersey Devils win were set in motion early when Los Angeles' Justin Williams clanked a wristshot off the post less than three minutes in. A few minutes later, while trying to dance out in front of Martin Brodeur on a wraparound, Jeff Carter lost the handle of the puck in a similarly menacing scoring opportunity.
They were missed opportunities that the Kings paid dearly for.
Several whistles after Carter's attempt, Zach Parise took advantage of a misplay by Jonathan Quick behind his own net by stealing the puck on an attempted pass to Drew Doughty, deftly tucking the puck into a narrow opening for an unassisted power play goal that put New Jersey up 1-0.
"It's disappointing, but we know we played the better period than they did," Jordan Nolan said.
That now marks 17 consecutive Stanley Cup Final games that the team that scored first prevail...