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Martin St. Louis
Los Angeles Kings
New York Rangers
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers 5-4 after second overtime on Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven NHL Stanley Cup series.
Kings captain Dustin Brown redirected Willie Mitchell's shot 10:26 into the second added period to complete another rally from a two-goal deficit, just as they did in the opening game of the series.
The hosts traded scoring chances with New York before Mitchell teed up a long shot. Brown deflected it under Henrik Lundqvist's glove arm, ending the longest finals game in Rangers history and nearly the longest playoff game in Kings history.
"We've been digging ourselves holes here, but our resiliency -- we dig deep," said Mitchell, who also scored his first playoff goal in more than two years.
Lundqvist made 39 saves for New York, and Jonathan Quick had 34 for Los Angeles.
Game 3 is Monday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Jarret Stoll and Dwight King also scored for the Kings while Marian Gaborik netted the tying goal with 12:24 left for Los Angeles, which made up for a mistake-filled performance with more comeback acumen. Quick made a handful of stellar overtime saves before his teammates finished it.
The comeback Kings rallied from a two-goal deficit for the fourth time in their past five games. They haven't led during any of their past three games, going to overtime each night.
They still finished off Chicago in the Western Conference finals and moved halfway to the second Stanley Cup championship in franchise history.
Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard had a goal and an assist apiece for the Rangers, who had three two-goal leads. Ryan McDonagh and Martin St. Louis also scored, but New York couldn't finish another strong effort.
The Rangers are heading home in a big hole in their quest for their first Stanley Cup title in 20 years. But despite their propensity for blowing leads, they've also proven this series won't be a walkover for the deep, experienced Kings.
After falling agonizingly short of an opening victory, New York played its smart, counterattacking style to great effect in Game 2, only to fall victim to another momentum-draining comeback.
The Kings fell behind 2-0 in the first period for the second straight game, and they trailed 4-2 entering the third period before Dwight King got the comeback rolling when Matt Greene's slap shot hit him and went in while King fell on top of Lundqvist.
McDonagh then gave the puck to Gaborik in front, and the Kings' late-season acquisition beat Lundqvist for his 13th goal of a phenomenal postseason.
Neither team played cautiously in overtime, trading good scoring chances and three fruitless power plays in the first extra period. King nearly ended it with a short-handed one-timer, and Chris Kreider failed to score on a breakaway.
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LOS ANGELES -- Slow starts, overtime wins. It's almost becoming routine for the Los Angeles Kings who, despite their 2-0 series lead over the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final, like to make things significantly more difficult for themselves.
But the Kings, as we all know, are the toughest out in the NHL, so the fact that they came back from yet another 2-0 deficit to...
The Los Angeles Kings defeated the New York Rangers 5-4 in double overtime to take a 2-0 series lead in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night.
But if you ask New York Rangers fans, they probably will tell you that the game shouldn’t have gone to overtime.
With the Rangers leading 4-2 early in the third period, Kings winger Dwight King went into the crease as Willie Mitchell...
The Los Angeles Kings are like a villain in a horror movie. Just when you think they’re dead, they rise up again and hit you even harder.
The New York Rangers have found this out first hand over the first two games of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.
Game 2 needed two overtimes to determine a winner Saturday night at Staples Center, and like so many of their victories this postseason...
The NHL should very gravely concerned over the outcome of game two in the Stanley Cup Final. A blown call and an inadequate rulebook left an indelible mark on the pinnacle of the NHL season.
In a game where the Rangers were winning 4-2 in the third period, Dwight King tipped in a goal while clearly interfering with Henrik Lundqvist. It is indisputable that the goal should not have...
#450253954 / gettyimages.comI listened to this game on my XM Radio and I wanted to see video of the goal in question before I commented on it. I think Henrik Lundqvist has a valid complaint here. From my perspective, it looks like L.A. Kings forward Dwight King uses the contact with Ryan McDonagh to interfere with Lundqvist. I think that this should have been called goalie interference...
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The Kings took Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals after a 3-2 overtime success against the New York Rangers at home on Wednesday night.
Down 2-1 after the first period LA get level 6.36 into the second period when Drew Doughty beat Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist with a wrist shot after he had been fed by Justin Williams.
The hosts got the winner 4.36...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- If the Los Angeles Kings ever looked down from the tightrope they're walking in the NHL playoffs, they would surely fall.
Three straight games with multigoal deficits, including a 4-2 hole late in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals. Three straight overtime contests, the result hanging on every shift.
Willie Mitchell realizes the comeback Kings are on a perilous...
The Los Angeles Kings have cooled off the New York Rangers two games in a row now. Coming back from two goals down for back to back overtime victories.
However after Saturday night’s game, no one was cooling down Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers as they were hot over the King’s third goal.
We’ve seen a number of goals waved off this post-season on terms of goaltender interference...
For the third straight game in these playoffs, LA won an overtime game without holding any lead. It was the second consecutive win in extra frames in the cup final as well.
Trailing 4-2 heading into the 3rd, the Kings scored a controversial tally, with a Dwight King tip. Lundqvist and his D core argued the non call but to no avail. Just over 6 minutes later Marion Gaborik notched...
It’s not an ideal way to play hockey. It’s usually not smart. It’s usually not productive. It’s usually not successful.
Somehow, some way, the Kings have made it work.
Now, they’re only two victories away from hoisting Lord Stanley’s cherished 35-pound silver trophy after captain Dustin Brown scored to give them a 5-4 double-overtime win Saturday over the New York Rangers...
Dustin Brown holding the Stanley Cup in 2012 | Photo courtesy of WikiMediaCommons.
The Los Angeles Kings decided that one overtime wasn’t enough to settle the score for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals so they played a second one. Dustin Brown deflects the puck past Henrik Lundqvist with 9:34 left in 2OT off a Willie Mitchell shot from the blue line.
The Kings overcame three...
I’m a referee, which means you probably hate me. But it also means I know what the right or wrong call is. Whenever there is a controversial call, I will weigh in with impunity.
At 1:58 of the 3rd period, Matt Greene took a shot from the point that found its way into the net as Dwight King tipped it and fell on top of Henrik Lundqvist. Referee Dan O’Halloran immediately signaled...
It’s difficult for me to even write a post about the play as I’m still sick to my stomach over it. But what makes the non-call on the obvious Dwight King interference on Henrik Lundqvist even harder to digest was the referee’s explanation as to why the goal was able to stand. Here’s Henrik Lundqvist on what he was told…
“I’m extremely disappointing on the call or non...
Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals had the same start like game one. The Rangers took it to the Kings and got the first goal when Ryan McDonagh fired the puck by Jonathan Quick to give them a 1-0 lead. The goal was set up by a hit by Dominic Moore. McDonagh took a bad penalty late in the 1st period. However, the Rangers killed the it and continued their strong penalty...
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Lundqvist, Marty St. Louis, coach Alain Vigneault said basically the same things: That third goal. That third goal killed the Rangers, and if it didn’t injure their opportunity to tie the series after two games, it played a mitigating factor.
The Rangers led 2-0 after the first period, 4-2 after two periods, seemed on their way to...