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“Playoff hockey, you put it on the net as much as you can,” Carter said of his memorable goal. “I tried to turn and get it to the net. I actually tried to hit Penns [Penner] backdoor first there and kept going around the net and it kind of popped out to me. I had someone’s stick in the lane there and just tried to get out of the way and get it on net.”

Carter’s game-winner not only put Los Angeles half way to the Cup but seemed to further validate the Kings‘ trade for him as a key piece to their impressive run.

“He’s been in the media a lot, he’s been in a lot of storylines. A great addition for our team, a lot of offense coming over to us,” forward Jarret Stoll said. “Solidify our lineup, depth-wise throughout our lineup, and made us a lot better team. Big goal. Huge goal for him and for our team.”