The battle for Lord Stanley’s Cup kicked off last night, NHL odds were red hot and the drama and excitement levels were through the roof. Two of the best goaltenders in the league were going head to head, and once again, the best goalie prevailed. The Kings and Devils were tied 1-1 going into the third period, and then again in overtime.

With 11:47 left in overtime, Anze Kopitar was on the break, and scored the game-winning goal to put the Kings up 1-0 in the series. Jonathon Quick once again outplayed his counterpart, this time the veteran legend Martin Brodeur. Quick had 17 saves and allowed only one goal.

For an 8th seeded road team that was in the bottom of the NHL in goals scored during the regular season, the Kings are quickly reminding people that defense and a hot goaltender wins Cups. Los Angeles has now won 11 straight road playoff games, (two last seasons) and just continue to win. They have a 13-2 SU record this postseason.

This game was very well played on both sides. Neither team had more than 2 power play opportunities. There were only 3 penalties the entire game, with only 6 minutes served in the box.

The Devils will try and rebound in Game 2, which is scheduled for Saturday evening from Newark. Despite having a great game in goal for the Devils, Brodeur’s teammates will have to find some way to score on Quick. Quick has an amazing 1.53 GA this postseason, and the Devils will have to do better than that to beat a Kings squad that is playing almost perfect hockey when it matters most.