In the days leading up to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Devils and Kings, much was made of the matchup in net between New Jersey's Martin Brodeur and Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick.
The battle was touted as a clash between the league's aging old guard, the 40-year-old future Hall of Famer Brodeur, and its newest goaltending sensation, the 26-year-old Quick, and on Wednesday, both netminders lived up to their billing as two of the best in hockey.
Quick and Brodeur matched each other blow for blow throughout the physical affair, each making his share of acrobatic saves in a game that featured more good looks at the net than the score sheet might suggest. But it was Quick who emerged victorious, making 17 stops in the Kings' 2-1 overtime win.
It was the 11th straight road win in the playoffs for Quick, moving him past former Islanders goalie Billy Smith for the longest such streak in NHL history, but for most of Game 1, Quick observed from afar as the Devils struggled to ...