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2012 Stanley Cup Finals, Devils Vs. Kings: Deju Vu Meets Heartbreak

Just about 14 minutes into overtime of Game 2 of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final, the New Jersey Devils allowed the game-winning goal by the Los Angeles Kings' Jeff Carter and now have fallen behind 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

This was the second time in as many games, the Devils lost in overtime to a score of 2-1 and the SB Nation blog In Lou We Trust can't understand how it happened:

The Devils out-shot the Kings in regulation 30-21 and they finished positive in possession. Yet, they couldn't get a second goal in the third period after a Ryan Carter deflection tied the game up at one. The Devils came close, the most agonizing was seeing Ilya Kovalchuk hit the crossbar on a (possibly deflected?) shot within the final minute.

In the end, the results was another heartbreaking loss:

I can understand some confusion over why I say this loss is a heartbreaking. After all, the play in overtime wasn't really close. Credit the Kings for pinning the Devils back several times and eventually getting an open lane through traffic to win a one-shot game. It's because of the result and what happened in regulation that I say this game is a heartbreaker. The Devils were able to breakout and get into Kings' end with some regularity, and the result remained the same.

SB Nation New York has a host of previews and analysis for your in our Stanley Cup Finals StoryStream. You can find more entertaining reading on the SB Nation NHL Hub Page. For the Devils perspective, check In Lou We Trust. For the Kings perspective, visit Jewels From The Crown.