Give the Los Angeles Kings a 2-0 deficit and they feel right at home. The Kings fell behind by that margin for the third straight game, and came roaring back to win yet again.
They defeated the New York Rangers 5-4 in double overtime and now lead the Stanley Cup Final by a 2-0 margin.
Dustin Brown was the hero this time around. He deflected a shot from Willie Mitchell past Henrik Lundqvist for the game winner midway through the second overtime. Marian Gaborik sent the game to extra time with his 13th goal of the playoffs at the 7:36 mark of the third period.
The Rangers, who seemed to have solved Kings goalie Jonathan Quick in the first two periods, were unable to get another puck by him the rest of the way.
If the two teams seemed to feel each other out in the first game of the series, they went after each other hard in this game. The body checking was furious in all five periods and the Rangers did not back down as they seemed to do in the first game.
On the game-winning goal, Brown fought hard to get inside position on Ryan McDonagh. Just as he gained that position, Anze Kopitar got the puck back to Mitchell, who smoked a shot at the net. Brown used his balance and hand-eye coordination to give the Kings yet another overtime winner.
In addition to Gaborik and Brown, Jarrett Stoll, Mitchell and Dwight King scored for the Kings. King’s goal in the third period was controversial, because he seemed to interfere with Lundqvist before the puck glanced off of his body and went in the net.Justin Williams, who scored the game-winning overtime goal in Game 1, had three assists for the Kings.
McDonagh, Mats Zuccarello, Martin St. Louis and Derick Brassard scored for the Rangers.
Chris Kreider nearly gave the Rangers the win in the first overtime period, but his shot from between the faceoff circles clanged off the post.
Game 3 of the series will be played Monday night at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
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