Kings rally to tie Rangers as Game 2 heads to overtime
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Dwight King and Marian Gaborik scored almost six minutes apart in the third period, and the Los Angeles Kings pulled into a 4-4 deadlock with the New York Rangers as Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals heads to an extra session.
Los Angeles halved its deficit just 1:46 into the second period. Behind the defense once more thanks to a lead pass by King, Justin Williams was unable to get a shot off from the right circle. He instead shuttled the puck back to the point, where Jarret Stoll's slow roller eluded both Henrik Lundqvist and Blueshirts defenseman Kevin Klein before sliding into the net.
St. Louis restored that two-goal margin when he one-timed a Derek Stepan feed past a diving Jonathan Quick from the right wing to give New York a 3-1 edge at 11:24 -- only 40 seconds after the Kings were guilty of leaving too many men on the ice.
Willie Mitchell pulled the hosts back within a goal as the second-period clock read 5:21, ripping a left-point shot home past a screened Lundqvist with only four seconds left on a Mats Zuccarello tripping call.
However, only 11 seconds later, Derick Brassard rushed the Kings' crease to tap in a centering feed to make it 4-2. Quick and Mitchell had a miscommunication behind their net, with Zuccarello swooping in and stealing the puck to dish in front.
It took less than two minutes of the third period for L.A. to reduce its deficit, as a Matt Greene point blast sailed home for a 4-3 contest. Lundqvist was visibly upset on the score, believing that King, pushed into the crease by Ryan McDonagh, interfered on the play.
Gaborik's second-chance rebound try at the right post tied the game at 7:36, and Quick did the splits to deny a wide-open Brad Richards from atop the crease on the next shift.
Quick stopped all seven shots he faced in the third and has 25 saves in regulation, while Lundqvist came up with 10 stops and has turned away 28 shots in all.
Quick had to be sharp on the game's first shift, using his blocker to deflect a hard Rick Nash offering from the edge of the right circle.
Both teams countered rush after rush from there, and the Rangers dodged a bullet roughly six minutes in, as Williams had a 20-foot head start behind the defense only to lose the puck in his feet at the right circle.
New York and Los Angeles both squeezed off two shots during the game's first power play, created when Gaborik was banished for tripping at the 7:58 mark.
McDonagh's blast from near the blue line somehow went untouched through traffic and beat Quick for the game's first goal at 10:48. Williams' failed clear along the left-wing boards behind the net found the stick of Dominic Moore, who dished back to the left point for the successful chance.
The visitors were unscathed after McDonagh committed a roughing penalty inside of five minutes left, and Lundqvist made a lunging glove stop on an Alec Martinez drive with 2:20 left before intermission.
The Rangers took a 2-0 edge with 1:14 on the clock when Zuccarello tapped in a McDonagh rebound at the right post.
06/07 22:17:48 ET