After almost 48 scoreless minutes, Patrik Elias and Drew Doughty scored goals 62 seconds apart.
The game seemed headed for the third OT of the series when Adam Henrique converted a saucer pass from David Clarkson and beating Jonathan Quick on his blocker side.
So we’ll have hockey on June 9: Game 5 in Newark on Saturday night.
Much-maligned Ilya Kovalchuk added an empty-netter.
Three times the Kings have been up 3-0 in these playoffs.
Three times they’ve failed to seal the deal.
Credit the Devils: They didn’t roll over.
And they had a 43-33 hit advantage.
If they win back in Jersey …
Brian Gionta on Twitter: Yessssssss!! Still alive
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Michel Therrien has sacked the Randys, Cunneyworth and Ladouceur. But not goaltending coach Pierre Groulx … at least not yet.
And the Canadiens have hired Martin Lapointe to work in player development.
Statement from Therrien:
“Following my appointment as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, I made the decision of bringing together a new coaching staff. Out of respect for Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur, I felt it was important that I notify them immediately in order for them to start looking for other opportunities without further delay. On behalf of the organization, I would like to thank both of them for their valuable contribution to the team and wish them the very best for the future.”
• Pre-game reading: Mike Spry’s brilliant takedown of HNIC