Kings knock off Rangers in double overtime to take 2-0 series lead

Jonathan Quick
Kings defeseman Alec Martinez jumps into the arms of goalie Jonathan Quick after the Game 2 win.
Credit: Getty Images

If the Rangers are going to win their first Stanley Cup in 20 years they’ll have to do it from a 0-2 series hole.

Kings captain Dustin Brown redirected a slapshot by Willie Mitchell to give the Kings a 5-4 Game 2 win 10:26 into double overtime.

It was the second straight game the Kings dug themselves a 0-2 hole in the first period and second straight game they’ve won in overtime. It’s the third straight game the Kings have won in overtime, including Game 7 over Chicago in the Western Conference finals.

Game 3 is Monday night in New York at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.

The Rangers got off to a great start just like they did in Game 1. Ryan McDonagh netted a slapshot at 10:48 in the first period to take the 1-0 lead. The goal extended his point streak to five straight games despite not being known as a particularly good scoring defenseman.

Mats Zuccarello gave the Rangers their second straight 2-0 lead in the first period at 18:46. He knocked in a point-blank rebound off a McDonagh slapshot which actually hit Zuccarello standing goalside.

Momentum favored New York after one period, but Jarret Stoll quickly got the Kings back within striking distance just 1:46 into the second on an assist from Justin Williams.

But unlike Game 1, the Rangers had answer early for the Kings’ attempts to get back in it. Martin St. Louis stretched it back out to a two-goal lead on a nice one-timer from his knees from Derek Stepan on the power play.

The Kings made it 3-2 on a power play goal of their own by Mitchell at 14:39. Zuccarello had taken a penalty for tripping Brown.

Before the Staples Center crowd could even finish celebrating, the Rangers won the center ice faceoff and Derick Brassard made it 4-2 after a scramble in front of the net 11 seconds later. The 11-second span was the quickest two goals have been scored in a Stanley Cup Final in 67 years.

But the third period was a disaster for the Rangers for the second straight game in the Stanley Cup Final. Dwight King made it 4-3 on a controversial goal which had Henrik Lundqvist slapping the ice and the Rangers bench yelling at the referee. King redirected a slapshot from Matt Greene just outside the crease, but Lundqvist felt he was interfered with by King. King and McDonagh were jostling in front of the net, before King fell on Lundqvist’s right side. The referee ruled no interference, though Lundqvist was angry enough to still speak with the referee minutes later for an entire timeout.

Former Rangers forward Mariano Gaborik tied it up at 4-4 7:36 into the third period when he collected a loose puck in front of the net and beat Lundqvist. It was the 13th goal of the playoffs by Gaborik, who was acquired from Columbus at the trade deadline.

Chris Kreider sent one off the left post with about 12 minutes left in the first overtime.

The Rangers went on the power play with 5:33 left in the first overtime after Jeff Carter was called for goalie interference on a scary moment for Lundqvist, who was slashed and then spun to the ice on a shoulder block by Carter. Lundqvist spent a moment down on the ice and was attended to by the trainer, before staying in.

Lundqvist finished with 39 saves on 44 shots. Jonathan Quick had 34 saves.

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

U.S. Soccer

Orlando City takes shot at NYCFC over Frank…

Orlando City reminded the world how big a signing Brazilian star Kaka earlier this month with a photo of Kaka mobbed by fans juxtaposed against Lampard.

NBA

Jeremy Lin says 'Linsanity' is over as he…

Jeremy Lin lit up the NBA two years ago with his play for the Knicks but he has no desire to recreate "Linsanity" in his new career with the Lakers.

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.