Jeff Carter scored at 13:42 in overtime and the Kings moved within two wins of their first NHL title with a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils in Game 2 of the finals on Saturday night.
''I think we have to reset, refocus,'' said Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, who scored one of the goals of the entire postseason with an end-to-end rush. ''We have to go back to L.A. as if the series is just starting. We have home-ice advantage and have to take the first two at home.
''We're happy that we got the first two. But going home on the plane tonight, we're trying to forget about those games. We're going to learn what we did right and wrong. But going back home, it's a whole new series.''
Not really. Two more wins by Los Angeles and the NHL season is over.
The Devils face the daunting task of trying to win four of five against a team that is 14-2 in the postseason.
''They are a great team, but it's not like we got blown out the last two games,'' Devils captain Zach Parise said. ''It will be really hard but we will give it our best shot.''
The Devils played well in Game 2. But just like in Game 1, the Kings were a little better as Jonathan Quick made 32 saves to help Los Angeles earn its 10th consecutive road win this postseason, and its 12th in a row over the last two seasons. Both are NHL records.
''Yeah, it's tough.'' Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. ''But, you know, you can't feel sorry for yourself. We played a much better game. I knew we would respond. We did it the right way. You know, came up one goal short.''
Meanwhile, L.A. is beginning to dream about a championship finish to its amazing postseason run.
''I think you obviously think about that,'' Kings forward Dustin Penner said of the title. ''Like now, we may get a little nostalgic and think, you know, two more wins and we make history. When it comes to Monday and Wednesday night, we won't be thinking that way. We'll be just thinking that game, that shift, that period, the next goal. That's how we've done it all playoffs.''