Who knew the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings would face-off at the Stanley Cup Final, in the same year both teams had a Stadium Series outdoor hockey game at Dodgers and Yankee Stadium. The last time in sports history that New York and Los Angeles made it to the championship game was in 1981 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees in the World Series. The Dodgers won the World Series that year.
Now, 33 years later it’s happening in hockey, as the Kings and Rangers faced off in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, Saturday at STAPLES Center. It was the Kings who took home the win in double overtime 5-4. The Kings now lead the series 2-0.
It was the eighth double overtime in Kings history, and officially played the second longest game. The longest game they played was on June 8, 2013 against the Chicago Blackhawks, 31:48.
Jonathan Quick made 34 saves and Henriq Lundqvist made 39 saves.
New York- Los Angeles
Power Plays 1/5-1/4
Hits 51- 50
Faceoff Wins 54- 56
Giveaways 15- 33
Blocked Shots 20- 20
The first period started off with amazing opportunities for both teams, but it was the Rangers who struck first. Twice. Ending the period 2-0. The Kings had many advantages but too many giveaways to give the Rangers opportunities. The Kings may have dug a hole for themselves, but as always, they came back out.
The second period started with an amazing opportunity from the Kings. Justin Williams reached Lundqvist, and Lundqvist left his net to make a save but Williams was passing the puck to Jarret Stoll, who fired the puck and put the Kings on the board. Williams and Dwight King were credited with the assists. Martin St. Louis for the Rangers fired back on the power play to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead. Willie Mitchell blasted a shot to close the gap and make the score 3-2 with the assists to Williams and Slava Voynov. It only took 11 seconds for the Rangers to fire back and take a two goal lead again, 4-2.
So started the third period. Matt Greene fired a shot from the blue line that went through King, who got the credit for the goal, and Greene and Williams got the assist. Williams had gotten assists on all three goals at this point, but it was Marian Gaborik who tied the game, unassisted. The game tied 4-4 headed into overtime.
Overtime was back and forth battle, with some superb opportunities by both teams, and some phenomenal saves by the goaltenders. Stoll, and Lewis and Richards and King for the Kings had probably the two best chances, but the overtime was scoreless.
The game headed to a second overtime, where Drew Doughty officially logged, 41:41, a dream come true for him since he’s been asking to play 40 minutes a game. In the midst of the madness it was Dustin Brown who got his first career post season overtime goal to get the win. Assists went to Willie Mitchell and Anze Kopitar.
Game 3 is headed to New York’s Madison Square Garden, on Monday June 9, 5:00 p.m.Tags: Hockey, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, NHL