National Hockey League

Rangers lead Kings after one period of Game 4

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Benoit Pouliot recorded the lone score, and the New York Rangers hold a 1-0 lead over the Los Angeles Kings after 20 minutes of action in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals from Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers received the game's first power play 5:23 in, when Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell sat for high sticking. Jonathan Quick's defense collapsed around him during New York's mid-advantage flurry, but the visiting netminder still made consecutive stops on Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis in close.

Quick made a glove save on a John Moore drive late in the power play, but was unable to turn away Moore's second chance from the right point, which was tipped off the blade of Pouliot's raised stick in the slot and sailed home two seconds after the penalty expired.

A brief review confirmed Pouliot's blade was below the crossbar.

Less than 10 seconds into a Mats Zuccarello delay-of-game minor, a one-timer by L.A. defenseman Alec Martinez from the left circle squeezed through Henrik Lundqvist and laid across the goal line without going over before Rangers blueliner Anton Stralman beat Kings forward Jeff Carter to the loose disc and swept it away.

Lundqvist stopped all 11 shots the Kings threw his way, while Quick was good on 6-of-7.

06/11 21:12:30 ET

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