Now, the Kings, the first team to have four 3-0 series leads in the same season but losers of Game 4 at home in three of the series, travel to Newark for Saturday night's Game 5 and bring with them a 10-0 road record in these playoffs.
Regardless of what happens the rest of the way, the Devils left Los Angeles with the satisfaction of not giving the home fans a chance to see the successful culmination of their "We Want The Cup" chants. And they're also alive with a chance to become the fourth team in NHL history and second in the final to rally from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.
At least the Devils have a chance. The Kings are still heavy favorites to win their first Cup, but it's not quite over just yet.
"We've got to win a home game, where we're a good home team in front of our home crowd," said coach Pete DeBoer. "I'm confident that we'll be ready to play and we'll get the job done."
Patrik Elias, moved back to center for the game, scored on a rebound 7:56 into the third period to give the Devils a 1-0 lead, their first lead of the series. The lead lasted only a minute, but center Adam Henrique broke the tie with a snipe and right wing Ilya Kovalchuk hit the empty net to keep the champagne out of the Kings' locker room.
Is this enough to plant doubt in the minds of the Kings?
"You hope so. That's the plan," said DeBoer. "We've gotta take it home now and win another one."