Last night in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, the NHL Stanley Cup finals got underway between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers.
New York Rangers – 2 Los Angeles Kings – 3 (OT) (Kings lead series 1-0)
*Known as “Mr. Game Seven” Justin Williams became “Mr. OT” in game one. After the Kings blew a 3-on-2 and then Dan Girardi coughed up the puck to Mike Richards, Williams was alone in the circles, where he made no mistake beating Henrik Lundqvist at 4:36 into overtime. It was a bitter defeat for Lundqvist, who stopped 40 shots in the game, including 20 in the third period. The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Benoit Pouliot and Carl Hagelin, but the Kings cut it to 2-1 with less than three minutes left in the first thanks to Kyle Clifford. In the second period, Drew Doughty found the equalizer for the Kings at 6:36. That scored held at two for the rest of regulation. The Kings dominated the third period, outshooting the Rangers 20-3, but the Rangers got it into overtime thanks to “King Henrik” coming up big. Jonathan Quick made 25 saves in victory. Both teams went scoreless on the power play with the Rangers failing on three attempts and the Kings failing on four attempts, also giving up a shorthanded goal. Game two is Saturday back in Los Angeles.