NHL: Game 2 Reaches 2nd OT, Kings Take 2-0 Series Lead
Game three of the Stanley Cup Final resulted in double overtime, and a Kings 5-4 victory.
Saturday night’s first period closely resembled the first in game one. The Rangers were first to score with a slap-shot blast to beat Jonathan Quick. Ryan McDonagh, who has led the Rangers in scoring the past three weeks, is now at four goals this playoff season.
Mats Zuccarello was assisted by McDonagh to make the Rangers’ second goal in the first, with 1:14 left in the period. After another physical start this series, New York held a 2-0 lead going into the second.
Los Angeles was quick to score in the second period. After taking advantage of a turnover by Brad Richards, Jarrett Stoll scored at 1:46. The initial shot was blocked by Henrik Lundqvist, but he was caught away from the net unable to make a second save.
Consecutive power play goals would then help out each team. Martin St. Luis came up with the first power play goal by placing the puck in the upper-right part of the net to give New York a 3-1 lead. The top shelf goal over Quick’s glove was assisted by Stepan, giving St. Luis his seventh playoff goal.
The next power play goal was made by Willie Mitchell, but before given the chance to blink, the Rangers took back their two-point lead. A mere 11 seconds later Derick Brassard scored to give New York its 4-2 lead.
Then, the comeback happened.
Not unlike the Kings’ usual style of play, Los Angeles managed to rally in the third period to tie the game at four.
New York was sent up in arms about the first goal that ensued. Lundqvist was stopped from making a save, and the Kings cut the deficit to one goal. The Rangers were livid that the goalie interference penalty wasn’t given to Dwight Kings, especially after Benoit Pouliot received that penalty earlier on in the game.
Minutes after the Kings’ third goal, Marian Gaborik tied it at 7:36 of the third. This resulted in the second overtime of the series as regulation came to an end with a 4-4 tie.
This is the third season in a row that the Stanley Cup Final went into overtime in both the first and second contests of the series. Neither team was able to score in the first overtime with the help of two outstanding goaltenders. Both Quick and Lundqvist hold their team’s records for most playoff wins.
The Kings would then go on to earn a victory in double overtime. Mitchell scored the game winner giving Los Angeles a bigger advantage going into game three.
Game three of the series will take place in Madison Square Garden on Monday night. The Kings lead the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final 2-0.