Jun 11, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) swats the puck from off the goal line behind goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period in game four of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Recap: Rangers stay alive

Last night in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings looked to clinch the Cup while the New York Rangers tried to avoid a sweep.

Los Angeles Kings – 1 New York Rangers – 2 (Kings lead series 3-1)

*The Rangers needed a big performance from goalie Henrik Lundqvist in order to keep the NHL Stanley Cup hopes alive. And they got it. Lundqvist made 40 saves and got a little help from his defense as the Rangers managed to force a game five. On two occasions, once in the first period and once in the final minutes, the puck sat on the Rangers goal line, but it never crossed. Derek Stepan was the hero in the final minutes as he pushed the puck with his glove away from the goal line and under Lundqvist to preserve the Rangers one goal lead. New York once again jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Benoit Pouliot and Martin St. Louis, but the Dustin Brown cut the lead in half at 8:46 of the second period. The Kings tried their best to get the equalizer, including outshooting the Rangers 15-1 in the third period, but Lundqvist was up to the task on every shot. Game five is in Los Angeles on Friday.

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