Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Kings go up 2-0 in Stanley Cup final with 2OT win

LOS ANGELES — Captain Dustin Brown redirected Willie Mitchell's point shot 10:26 into the second overtime and the Kings outlasted the Rangers 5-4 on Saturday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup final.

Marian Gaborik tied it with 12:24 left in regulation for the Kings, who rallied from three two-goal deficits.

In their third straight overtime game, they traded scoring chances with New York before Mitchell teed up a long shot. Brown deflected it under Henrik Lundqvist's glove arm, getting his first playoff OT goal and ending the longest Cup final game in Rangers history.

"We've been digging ourselves holes here, but our resiliency — we dig deep," said Mitchell, who scored his first playoff goal in more than two years in the second period.

Lundqvist made 39 saves for New York, and Jonathan Quick had 34 for Los Angeles.

The comeback Kings rallied from a two-goal deficit for the third straight game — they trailed by two in Game 7 of the Western Conference final against the Blackhawks — and for the fourth time in their past five games. They haven't led during any of their past three games, going to overtime each night.

Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard had a goal and an assist apiece for the Rangers, and Marty St. Louis also scored.

After falling agonizingly short of an opening victory, New York played its smart, counterattacking style to great effect in Game 2, only to fall victim to another momentum-draining comeback.

The Kings fell behind 2-0 in the first period for the second straight game, and they trailed 4-2 entering the third before Dwight King got the comeback rolling when Matt Greene's slap shot hit him and went in while King fell on top of Lundqvist.

Asked if there was goalie interference on the goal, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said: "Ask the NHL."

No penalty was called.

"They score a goal and I can't even move," Lundqvist said. "It's extremely frustrating."

The Rangers' McDonagh then gave the puck to Gaborik in front, and the Kings' late-season acquisition beat Lundqvist for his 13th goal of a phenomenal postseason.

The Kings are the first team in playoff history to overcome a two-goal deficit to win three consecutive games. Elias Sports said. Asked if his players might be fatigued after so many overtime games, Kings coach Darryl Sutter said, "Yup, darn right."

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First Period1, N.Y. Rangers, McDonagh 4 (D.Moore), 10:48. 2, N.Y. Rangers, Zuccarello 5 (McDonagh, Brassard), 18:46. PenaltiesGaborik, LA (tripping), 7:58; McDonagh, NYR (cross-checking), 15:06.

Second Period3, Los Angeles, Stoll 3 (Williams, King), 1:46. 4, N.Y. Rangers, St. Louis 7 (Stepan, Kreider), 11:24 (pp). 5, Los Angeles, Mitchell 1 (Voynov, Williams), 14:39 (pp). 6, N.Y. Rangers, Brassard 6 (Zuccarello), 14:50. PenaltiesGreene, LA (tripping), 2:26; Pouliot, NYR (goaltender interference), 7:07; Los Angeles bench, served by Clifford (too many men), 10:44; Zuccarello, NYR (tripping), 12:43.

Third Period7, Los Angeles, King 3 (Greene, Williams), 1:58. 8, Los Angeles, Gaborik 13, 7:36. PenaltiesNone. First OvertimeNone. PenaltiesD.Moore, NYR (high-sticking), 10:01; Williams, LA (interference), 11:24; Carter, LA (goaltender interference), 14:27. Second Overtime9, Los Angeles, Brown 5 (Mitchell, Kopitar), 10:26. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalN.Y. Rangers 10-12-7-8-1—38. Los Angeles 9-11-12-6-6—44. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Rangers 1 of 5; Los Angeles 1 of 4. GoaliesN.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 12-9-0 (44 shots-39 saves). Los Angeles, Quick 14-9-0 (38-34). A18,532 (18,118). T4:10. Referees—Wes McCauley, Dan O'Halloran. LinesmenDerek Amell, Brad Kovachik.

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