LOS ANGELES — Right now, the Los Angeles Kings are in a really good place.
They have not led in regulation for even a second in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final — but for the second straight game, they emerged victorious.
They rallied for a 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers Saturday night on Dustin Brown’s goal with 9:34 left in the second overtime, putting a serious dent in the Blueshirts’ Cup hopes. Brown, in front, deflected Willie Mitchell’s shot from the point.
Los Angeles has a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, which shifts to New York for Games 3 and 4 Monday and Wednesday nights.
In the first overtime, the Rangers — who had led 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2 — had the better chances, and no luck. With 8:40 gone, Chris Kreider hit the left post from the slot.
At 10:01, the Rangers had to fight off a power play when Dominic Moore’s stick caught Jeff Carter in the side of the face. Justin Williams negated the man-advantage near the end when he was called for interference on Rick Nash, who was racing for the puck. But the Rangers couldn’t convert.
With 6:11 left, Mats Zuccarello spun around the net and fired high. Jonathan Quick just got a sliver of Kreider’s wrister on a breakaway. In the final seconds, Derick Brassard’s rising wrister hit Quick’s left shoulder and bounced away.
The Rangers failed to convert on a power play and didn’t get a shot on goal after Carter was called for interference on Henrik Lundqvist.
Trailing 4-2, the Kings struck quickly in the third period, as Justin Williams, who scored the winner in Game 1, tangled with Ryan McDonagh in the crease and bumped Lundqvist as Dwight King’s shot went in the net at 1:58. Lundqvist was irate, but no interference was called.
The Kings then tied the score at 7:36 when Derek Stepan and McDonagh couldn’t control a loose puck in front and former Ranger Marian Gaborik popped it past Lundqvist. It was his playoff-leading 13th goal.
After 40 minutes, the Rangers were leading on a sudden turn of events involving Mitchell. His slap shot from the left point on the power play closed the Kings’ gap to 3-2 at 14:39, but right after the next faceoff, Quick left the puck behind his goal for Mitchell, who whiffed on it. Zuccarello, who had scored in the first, found Brassard in front for a goal 11 seconds later.
The Rangers had extended their 2-1 lead on their own power play at 11:24 of the second when Stepan took a short pass on a rush from Kreider, skated down the left side and hit Martin St. Louis with a pretty cross-ice pass. St. Louis, while falling, went top shelf over Quick’s extended glove to make it 3-1. The Rangers had been 0-for-5 with the man-advantage in this series.
At the start of the period, the Rangers fumbled away their second two-goal lead in two games.
Lundqvist was sprawled out near the right circle after stopping an initial shot, but Jarret Stoll managed to slide the loose puck past Lundqvist and through Kevin Klein, who was guarding the open net, at 1:46.
After a physical first period, the Rangers led 2-0 on goals by McDonagh and Zuccarello.
Carl Hagelin, who scored shorthanded in Game 1 and was stopped on another breakaway, forced a turnover by Williams with a forecheck and McDonagh ended up with a one-timer from the left point. The shot appeared to hit Stoll’s skate and rose, through traffic in front, and past Quick at 10:48. It was McDonagh’s fourth of the playoffs.
The Rangers struck again when Zuccarello, alone near the right post, whacked in a rebound with 1:14 remaining.
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