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LA Kings outlast Rangers 5-4 in double OT

Kings Rally To Win 2OT Thriller


By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- If the Los Angeles Kings ever looked down from the tightrope they're walking in the NHL playoffs, they would surely fall.

Three straight games with multigoal deficits, including a 4-2 hole late in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals. Three straight overtime contests, the result hanging on every shift.

Willie Mitchell realizes the comeback Kings are on a perilous path, but they haven't fallen off yet. He also knows they're two wins away from raising the Cup again.

Captain Dustin Brown redirected Mitchell's shot 10:26 into the second overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings outlasted the New York Rangers 5-4 to take a 2-0 series lead.

Marian Gaborik tied it with 12:24 left in regulation for the Kings, who rallied from another two-goal deficit in their latest exhibition of clutch hockey made simple - or at least that's how it looks to Staples Center fans who can't believe the Kings' preternatural poise.

"It's not the place we want to be, to have to climb out all the time," Mitchell said. "Sooner or later, it is going to bite you. I guess that's the great part about it is we find a way to battle back. We've got some work to do again."

Game 3 is Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

While the Rangers lamented a missed opportunity and cried foul on Los Angeles' third goal, the Kings prepared for a cross-country trip after another demonstration of the resilience that got them through three straight Game 7 victories this spring.

Dwight King kicked off the Kings' comeback with a debated goal early in the third. Jarret Stoll also scored for Los Angeles, which rallied from a two-goal deficit for the fourth time in its past five games.

"We're getting used to it, I guess," Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin said. "I don't know. You just battle. You're in the zone. You're playing and having fun. That's what it is about, winning games in the playoffs and battling in overtime. We've been lucky to come out on top in three of them here."

The Kings traded scoring chances with New York in two nail-biting overtime periods before Mitchell teed up a long shot. Brown deflected it under Henrik Lundqvist's glove arm, ending the longest finals game in Rangers history and nearly the longest playoff game in Kings history.

"You want to create what we call noise there," Mitchell said. "Hank plays so deep in his net, and if you can get some traffic and throw some pucks at the net when a guy plays deep like that, sometimes you're lucky enough to get one past a world-class goalie."

The Kings are making their own remarkable brand of noise, all right. They haven't led during any of their past three games, going to overtime each night, but they still finished off Chicago in the Western Conference finals and took a big series lead on the Rangers, who twice fell agonizingly short.

"When you play five periods, the difference is not very big between winning and losing," Lundqvist said.

Lundqvist made 39 saves for New York, and Jonathan Quick had 34 for Los Angeles. Both goalies made a handful of stellar overtime stops.

After blowing a 2-0 lead in the opener, New York had three different two-goal leads in Game 2. The Kings still came roaring back.

Lundqvist and the Rangers couldn't believe an interference penalty wasn't called after Matt Greene's slap shot hit King and went in while the bruising forward fell on top of Lundqvist.

"I'm extremely disappointed on that call - or non-call," Lundqvist said. "I mean, they've got to be consistent with that rule. ... They score a goal, and I can't even move. It's extremely frustrating for them to get life like that. After that, it's a different game."

Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard had a goal and an assist apiece for the Rangers, who had three two-goal leads in Game 2. Ryan McDonagh and Martin St. Louis also scored, but New York couldn't finish another strong effort.

The Rangers are heading home in a big hole in their quest for their first Stanley Cup title in 20 years. But despite their propensity for blowing leads, they've played their smart, counterattacking style to great effect, proving this series won't be a walkover for the favored Kings.

"I think we've played close to nine periods now, (and) for the most part I've liked a lot of things about our game," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "Our guys are trying real hard. We're going to continue to try. Both games, we had opportunities. We didn't get it done."

Several minutes after King's disputed goal, McDonagh then gave the puck to Gaborik in front, and the Kings' late-season acquisition beat Lundqvist for his 13th goal of a phenomenal postseason.

Neither team played cautiously in overtime, trading good scoring chances and three fruitless power plays in the first extra period. King nearly ended it with a short-handed one-timer, and Chris Kreider failed to score on a breakaway.

NOTES: D John Moore returned to New York's lineup after his two-game suspension for a hit to the head of Montreal's Dale Weise during the Eastern Conference finals. Raphael Diaz was scratched. ... Los Angeles scratched D Robyn Regehr for the 15th consecutive game. Regehr appears to be fully recovered from his knee injury in Game 1 of the second round against Anaheim on May 3, but the Kings stuck with Greene. ... Britney Spears, Jimmy Kimmel, Gene Simmons and Steve Nash attended the game.

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WILLIAM DOYAL June 08 2014 at 7:05 PM

I think that people who are drawn to hockey are escapade fans. Probably most are gay. It is really a ridiculous sport.

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jmccomb38 WILLIAM DOYAL June 08 2014 at 11:44 PM

you should try it gayboy

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lilybreeze04 June 08 2014 at 12:20 PM

refs are blind to LA and if #14 on LA wants to be a goalie so bad... stay outta the crease

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Mac lilybreeze04 June 08 2014 at 12:53 PM

How many years did you play pro hockey ?

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pebse lilybreeze04 June 08 2014 at 1:11 PM

The refs were not calling anything in the 1st period and then made up for it in the last two of regulation. Both sides got screwed in the penalty department last night. It was a rough game, and the refs have to let them play it. It's hockey, not golf.

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WILLIAM DOYAL June 08 2014 at 6:27 PM

I grew up in the south and have no appreciation for hockey. I am a real sports fan and have watched a lot of hockey but I still just don't get it. I think that a lot of fans are just wimpy ass people who don't have any thing better to do

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vincent.barnes1 WILLIAM DOYAL June 09 2014 at 3:09 AM

I bet you have a banjo......

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WallOfVoodoo June 08 2014 at 5:55 PM

LA and New York needs a champion badly! Basketball, Football and their economies are all in the tank...

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dtrevdav1 WallOfVoodoo June 08 2014 at 6:28 PM

If their economies are so bad, why is there no unemployment lines? I for one ( along with the rest of my coworkers) make about 1/3 more than in 09. Doesn't sound like a tanking economy.

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tzelno dtrevdav1 June 08 2014 at 9:11 PM

Cause they are on welfare, where did you ever see an unemployment line, only welfare, access card line

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tomidesmar WallOfVoodoo June 09 2014 at 1:12 AM

No.....I want them both to suffer more. One of them has to win....so LA has my vote.

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Curt's Stuff June 08 2014 at 5:35 PM

How come losers always blame the refs?

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jbaer10314 June 08 2014 at 5:27 PM

Forget it, Rangers fans, your team is toast, no chance for a comeback, Philadelphia Pittsburgh and Montreal, were all pushovers, no more Stanley Cups, for your sucky team, how do you like that

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JIM ISHOO June 08 2014 at 4:29 PM

Hey yanks, Kings are the best, your team no t good enough can you dig it?

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deadlyzens June 08 2014 at 3:49 PM

Rangers seem to be getting twice the penalties called against them. The crease call was horrible and could have cost the NHL a long series. Gary Bettman is a douche bag,Marion Gaborik is dumbass who couldn't ever score while playing for the Rangers. Give them Rick Nash while your at it. He's an overpaid hasbeen also!
Zuccarello is tougher then Nash! Gerardi is suppose to be one of their better defenseman,he's played like crap!

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rickahight June 08 2014 at 3:12 PM

Don't follow hockey, don't care who wins. Clearly another case of a referee affecting the outcome of a professional sport.

Know enough about the game to know this was goalie interference in the crease.

Referee that was "antimate" of no interference should be relieved.

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vincent.barnes1 June 09 2014 at 3:25 AM

All the hype Rangers will sweep .WELL .its starting to look like NY is not going to buy it this time ..I guess it will start by firing the Head coach because the million dollar players are NEVER at fault ..You know cant check , cant shoot , cant play a full shift on the ice. But its always the coachs fault......right......

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