Los Angeles Kings center Colin Fraser (24) looks up for the puck between New Jersey Devils defenseman Mark Fayne (29) and goalie Martin Brodeur (30)
CAPTION: June 9, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Colin Fraser (24) looks up for the puck between New Jersey Devils defenseman Mark Fayne (29) and goalie Martin Brodeur (30) during the first period of game five of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
If the Devils were going to win Game 5, they needed to send all the pucks they could at Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, whose goals against average in the playoffs is one of the best in the history of the NHL. And they were able to find a way Saturday, getting a deflection off a defender in the second period to eke out a 2-1 win.
His just due
The Devils surround goalie Martin Brodeur after Game 5 after their future Hall of Famer stopped 25 of the Kings' 26 shots in a 2-1 win that kept their hopes alive at least one game longer.
Willie Mitchell of the Kings is checked by New Jersey's Steve Bernier late in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at the Prudential Center on Saturday. The Devils' defense came up big in this one, allowing just one goal, which equals the least they've given up all series.
NHLI via Getty ImagesAndy Marlin
Right to the chops
Marek Zidlicky pops Dustin Brown in the face early in Game 5, which was an indicator of how Brown's night was to go, as he was barely a factor Saturday in LA's 2-1 loss.
Martin Brodeur makes a save on a breakaway by Jarret Stoll during the second period that was a real backbreaker for the Kings. This would have given LA the lead, but it wasn't meant to be.
52 pick up
That's about how many players it seemed were stacked in front of the goal during a scuffle in the third period. Somewhere in the bottom is Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who stopped 17 shots in Saturday night's 2-1 loss to the Devils.
Kings winger Dustin Penner gets crushed by Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky during second period action of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals in New Jersey.
Which way did it go?
Kings center Colin Fraser looks for the puck as Devils goalie Martin Brodeur prepares for its imminent decent during the first period of Game 5. Fraser and the Kings could never quite get going offensively in the Kings' 2-1 loss, their first defeat on the road in the playoffs.
Push and tug
Kings winger Justin Williams falls to the ice as teammate Anze Kopitar gets caught up with Williams' stick.
How do they do that?
Does it take 20 years of gymnastics classes to be an NHL goalie? Because I honestly don't know of many other men able to do the splits quite as effectively. Well played, Jonathan.
NHLI via Getty ImagesNoah Graham
Marty came to play
Dustin Brown is one of many Kings thwarted by Devils goalie Martin Brodeur in Game 5. Brodeur was spectacular most of the night, consistently making crazy sprawling saves, accounting for 25 of them in the Devils' 2-1 win.