Last night in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, the New York Rangers looked to even their series against the Los Angeles Kings in game two of the NHL Stanley Cup Final.
New York Rangers – 4 Los Angeles Kings – 5 (2OT) (Kings lead series 2-0)
*For the second time in as many games, the Kings and the Rangers needed overtime to decide things. In this case, they needed double overtime. Finally, at 10:26 of the second extra period, Dustin Brown won the game for the Kings as he deflected Willie Mitchell‘s point shot past Henrik Lundqvist and into the net. Just like in game one, where the Kings trailed 2-0 before tying things and winning it in OT, the Kings had to battle back from a two goal deficit. In fact, they had to battle back from three, two goal defecits. The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Ryan McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello in the first period. The Kings cut the lead in half just 1:46 into the second though on a goal by Jarrett Stoll, but Martin St. Louis regained the two goal lead for the Rangers on the power play. Willie Mitchell made it 3-2 with a power play goal of his own, but just 11 seconds later, Derick Brassard made it 4-2, which was the score heading into the third period. It took Dwight King less than two minutes to make things 4-3 on a controversial goal as many thought he interfered with Lundqvist, but it wasn’t called. Marian Gaborik tied things at 7:36. That score held for the rest of the third period and overtime before Brown’s game-winner in double OT. Just prior to Brown’s goal, it appeared that the Kings were going to be called for a delay of game penalty for shooting the puck over the glass, but the refs ruled that the puck hit the glass before going out of play. Jonathan Quick made 34 saves in victory while Lundqvist stopped 39 shots in defeat. Game three is Monday in New York.