His glove was as good as its been all postseason, there was no soft goals, and there was nothing but confidence from the guys in front of him, knowing that he has been here before and played his best when he has been needed most.

So it was almost a shock to see the puck slide past Devils' goalie Martin Brodeur, coming off the stick of Jeff Carter and somehow snaking through traffic and inside the near post, 13:42 into overtime of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals, giving the Kings a 2-1 win and a 2-0 series edge.

"I had a hard time finding the puck where he was holding it," Brodeur said afterward, no hint of discouragement coming from his 40-year-old voice. "We had some great chances. A little luck there, the outcomes of the games are different."