Kings 5, Rangers 4 (2 OT)

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jun 07 2014 11:58:26 PM EDT
Updated On: Jun 07 2014 11:58:27 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES -- Right winger Dustin Brown deflected a shot by defenseman Willie Mitchell at 10:26 in double overtime, lifting the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night in the Stanley Cup Final before a crowd of 18,532 at the Staples Center.

The win gave the Kings a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 3 is Monday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick stopped 34 shots and Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist had 39 saves.

Kings right winger Marian Gaborik delivered the tying goal, grabbing a loose puck and slipping it past Lundqvist to even the score at 4 at 7:36 of the third period. It stayed that way until Brown's winner.

Kings left winger Dwight King, who had a goal and an assist, deflected a shot by defenseman Matt Greene to cut the Rangers' lead to 4-3 1:56 into the third period before Gaborik forced overtime.

Defenseman Ryan McDonagh and center Derick Brassard each had a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who blew a two-goal lead for the second straight game.

McDonagh ripped a wrist shot from the point that found its way through traffic and into the net for a 1-0 New York lead at 10:48 of the first period. It was McDonagh's fourth goal of the playoffs and extended his points streak to five games and seven of the last eight.

The Rangers increased the lead to 2-0 when center Mats Zuccarello cashed in on a miss by McDonagh with 1:14 remaining in the first period.

Center Jarret Stoll put the Kings on the board at 1:46 of the second period, fielding a backhanded pass from right winger Justin Williams and dribbling the puck past Lundqvist to cut the deficit to 2-1.

After the Kings were penalized for too many men on the ice, center Derek Stepan found right winger Martin St. Louis, who converted a power play goal from the right circle for a 3-1 Rangers advantage at 11:24 of the second period.

Los Angeles closed to 3-2 when Mitchell fired a rocket from the blue line for a power play goal with 5:21 left in the second. However, Brassard answered just 11 seconds later with a goal to give the Rangers a 4-2 cushion.

NOTES: Rangers D John Moore returned to the lineup after serving a two-game suspension for a hit to the head of Montreal's Dale Weise in the Eastern Conference Finals. ... Speculation that Los Angeles D Robyn Regehr would return for Game 2 turned out to be just speculation. Regehr, who hasn't played since May 3 after suffering a knee injury, was scratched again. ... Seventeen players on the Kings' current roster were members of the 2012 Stanley Cup champions. ... New York has outscored its opponents 25-11 in the first period of the postseason.


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