The biggest mistake the New York Rangers made in Game 2 was the same mistake they made in Game 1 -- they didn't make their early two-goal lead a three-goal lead. Or a four-goal lead. Or any kind of a bigger lead. For the second game in a row the Los Angeles Kings erased a 2-0 first period deficit and roared back for a 5-4 double overtime win thanks to Dustin Brown's deflection of a Willie Mitchell slap shot. And with that, the Kings are halfway to their second Stanley Cup in three years.
GOALIE INTERFERENCE NO LONGER EXISTS
And while we're on the subject of that comeback, let's take a look back at Dwight King's third period goal that helped get the ball rolling. NHL officials were extremely quick on the whistle earlier in the postseason when it came to calling goalie interference, as they seemed to be willing to call it anytime a player came within spitting distance of a goalie. And then this happened in the Stanley Cup Final and nobody seemed to mind (other than Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers, of course). Did Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh impact that play? A little, sure. But it still seems like King was well on his way to getting in Lundqvist's way before McDonagh hit him. This play might be talked about quite a bit over the next couple of days.
IT WAS A CIRCUS
This was a pretty great game with back-and-forth action, great scoring chances, several near misses and one completely crazy goal from Jarret Stoll in the second period. Let's face it, you knew things were going to start going poorly for the Rangers the second Kevin Klein occupied the goalie crease while Henrik Lundqvist was sliding around the middle of the ice.
JUSTIN WILLIAMS HAD ANOTHER HUGE GAME
No, he didn't score any goals (he actually whiffed on a breakaway), but Justin Williams was once again a major factor for the Kings, recording three assists in the win. Is this focus on him a bit over the top right now? Sure, but Williams has always been an outstanding player, and his postseason performance is finally earning him some of the attention he's long deserved.
CAN THE RANGERS GET BACK IN THIS?
We'll say this for the New York Rangers: they've been counted out before in these playoffs. Trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Final, New York was able to roar back with three straight wins to punch its ticket for the Stanley Cup Final. They've been here before, and with a goalie like Lundqvist there is always a chance he could string together a few dominant performances and steal a couple of games. Trouble is, the competition this time around is significantly better than it was in the last round. The other problem: the Rangers had a chance to put both of these first two games away early and let them both slip away. That's tough to overcome, especially when they now need to win four out of the next five.
Stanley Cup Final Schedule
Game 1: Kings 3, Rangers 2 in OTKings lead series, 1-0LA goals: Williams (8), Doughty (5), Clifford (1)NY goals: Hagelin (7), Pouliot (4)
Game 2: Kings 5, Rangers 4 in OTKings lead series, 2-0LA goals: Stoll (3), Mitchell (1), King (3), Gaborik (13), Brown (5)NY goals: McDonagh (4), Zuccarello (5), St. Louis (7), Brassard (6)
Game 3 on Monday, June 98 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PTNBCSN / CBC / RDSMadison Square Garden, New York
Game 4 on Wednesday, June 118 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PTNBCSN / CBC / RDSMadison Square Garden, New York
Game 5 on Friday, June 13*8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PTNBC / CBC / RDSStaples Center, Los Angeles
Game 6 on Monday, June 16*8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PTNBC / CBC / RDSMadison Square Garden, New York
Game 7 on Wednesday, June 18*8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PTNBC / CBC / RDSStaples Center, Los Angeles
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