New York Rangers 4 Los Angeles Kings 5
New York Rangers 0 Los Angeles Kings 2
The teams came out ready to play and the pace of the game was fast; again. Henrik Lundqvist was under pressure early but stood tall. The Rangers got their physical game going early but the Kings answered right back. Jeff Carter got "MacTrucked" early by a great hip check which sent him to the dressing room temporarily. Dan Girardi got hit hard into the end boards by Jared Stoll and went to the dressing room after staying on the bench for a bit. The Rangers got the first power play of the game at 7:58 after Marian Gaborik tripped John Moore. The Kings played better short-handed than the Rangers did on the power play until the last few seconds. Mats Zuccarello was everywhere and the Rangers had a few great shots blocked by Jonathan Quick. Ryan McDonagh fired a bomb of a shot near the "Stanley Cup Final" logo on the ice to beat Quick and get the Rangers on the board first, again, at the 10:48 mark. Ryan McDonagh then took a horrible retaliation penalty for cross checking Dustin Brown, in front of the referee. The Kings' power play wasn't too great and ended without a goal. A mere one minute and 46 seconds after McDonagh returned the ice, Zuccarello slammed a rebound, from McDonagh's shot, past Quick to put the Rangers ahead 2-0. The period ended with the Rangers out shooting the Kings 10-9 for the period.
The teams came out strong again and didn't slow their pace. The Kings got an early goal after Lundqvist slid out of position at 1:46. Derek Dorsett made a smart move to chip the puck and won a foot race against Matt Greene, who tripped Dorsett. The trip cause Dorsett to go flying head and shoulder first into the goal post and put the Rangers back on the power play at 2:26. The power play looked really great for the Rangers. John Moore and Dan Girardi worked well together and JMoore had some excellent opportunities with great shots. They just couldn't get the puck past Quick. Dorsett played like a man possessed and Brian Boyle was an absolute pest, in the best way. Benoit Pouliot took a bad goal tender interference penalty at 7:07, giving the Kings another power play. The Kings buzzed the net and got some strong chances against Lundqvist, who made even stronger saves. Girardi planted himself in the center of the ice and made sure to make getting shots through to the goal was hard. He even got hit by a shot that took him off his feet. The power play ended with no goals and the Rangers playing smart hockey. The Kings slipped up at 10:44 and took a bench minor for having too many men on the ice. Martin St. Louis beat Quick at 11:24 for a power play goal that would make Sam Rosen proud. Just over a minute after that Zuccarello took a penalty for tripping Brown. Dominic Moore had a great 1-on-1 short-handed attempt against Quick, but the puck just wouldn't go. Willie Mitchell sent an absolute bullet past Lundqvist from near the blue line at 14:39 but Derick Brassard got it back 11 seconds later to make the score 4-2. JMoore got shoved into Lundqvist though the referees "let them play". That's where the period ended with the Rangers out shooting the Kings 12-11 in the period.
The Kings returned to the ice with urgency and the Rangers kept pace. A second goal tender interference call was missed by the referees, enabling the Kings to get on the board again; making the score 4-3 at the 1:58 mark. After a fight over the puck at the blue line, the Kings put the puck past Lundqvist again to tie the score at four. It was Gaborik who beat Lundqvist at 7:36. The Rangers looked like they were falling apart and the Kings kept the pressure on strong. There weren't many whistles so the period went by very quickly. The third goal for the Kings clearly tilted the ice but the Rangers kept themselves alive.With lots of puck movement the period ended with the teams tied and heading to over time; AGAIN! The Rangers were out shot 11-7 by the Kings in the third period.
Both teams played in a frenzy with speed and intensity. The Rangers' fourth line was ridiculously intense and showed a lot of desire to get a goal but they just couldn't solve Quick's labyrinth amid the flurry of shots after about five minutes past in the extra period. The pace was blisteringly fast and Hagelin tried to use his speed to his advantage as much as possible. The Rangers rang the post with just over 12 minutes remaining in the extra frame, though it didn't count as a shot on goal for the team. At 9:59 D Moore took a high sticking penalty after inadvertently hitting Carter, who sold the hit after making sure the referees were looking at him. Just before the end of the power play, Justin Williams went to the box for tripping Rick Nash. The 4-on-4 lasted only 37 seconds. The Rangers' power play after that was not good, to say the least. There was an icing call on the power play, oddly enough. The Rangers got another power play opportunity at 14:27 after he barreled into Lundqvist, shoulder to shoulder, and took him completely off his feet. There was no pressure in the situation, Carter just did not try to even avoid the Rangers' net minder. THe power play came and went without much to say. Chris Kreider had a great breakaway with about 3:20 remaining in the period but missed and wiped out really bad, throwing himself into the end boards. The replay showed a stick flirting with his blades but there was no call. Both teams started getting the puck on net more and increasing the pressure on both goalies. Quick made some incredible saves for his team, and was the reason the Kings were able to prolong the game into a second overtime period. The Rangers led in shots with 8-6.
Double Over Time:
The period started much like the rest of the game. The Kings kept the pressure on Lundqvist for longer than any Rangers fan was comfortable with having. The Rangers turned around and got the pressure on Quick with some good zone time but couldn't finish despite several really strong attempts. With both teams showing signs of fatigue, icings became more frequent as foot races got slower. After the referees decided the puck deflected off the glass, with over an inch of clearance, the Kings netted the game winner with just under 10 minutes remaining in the period. The Rangers were out shot 6-1 in the period and 44-38 in the game.
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The teams meet again on Monday, 9 June at 8pm ET in New York.