Devils Avoid Elimination, Beat Kings 3-1 On Late Goals

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adam Henrique scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:29 to play, Martin Brodeur made 21 saves, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Wednesday night to avoid a sweep in the Stanley Cup finals.

Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk also scored third-period goals for the Eastern Conference champion Devils, who forced the NHL to put the Stanley Cup back in its crate for another cross-country trip. Game 5 is Saturday night in Newark, N.J.

After two tense, scoreless periods in front of fans hoping to see the Kings win their first title in their 45-year history, Elias scored on a rebound with 12:04 to play, but Drew Doughty scored a tying power-play goal for the Kings just 1:02 later.

Henrique scored on a pass from David Clarkson, and Kovalchuk added an empty-netter.

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