Thursday, June 12, 2014

New York Rangers Eked Out A Win Over LA Kings in Game 4

The coronation is going to have to wait for these Kings. But perhaps not long.

The New York Rangers eked out a win in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final by the thinnest of margins on Wednesday night, getting two goals early and then hanging on for dear life as the Los Angeles Kings came roaring back.

New York Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman (6) reaches to save the puck from crossing the goal line as Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter (77) tries to score from behind New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) in the first period during Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New York. (Bruce Bennett/AP)

It had started with the same script as earlier in the series, when the Kings pulled off two-goal comebacks repeatedly – four times in all – to win the first two games in overtimeThe champagne the Los Angeles Kings had ready for a coronation stayed in boxes. The New York Rangers suddenly have some life in the Stanley Cup finals.

Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves and had the Madison Square Garden crowd chanting his name in the Rangers' 2-1 victory in Game 4 that kept the Los Angeles Kings from a sweep on Wednesday night.
Benoit Pouliot and Martin St. Louis each scored for the Rangers. Los Angeles leads the series 3-1 and will get its second shot to claim the Cup for the second time in three years Friday night at home

Four NHL teams have overcome a 3-0 hole to win a series. ... Kings RW Justin Williams had a six-game assist streak snapped. ... This was the 92nd game played in this year's postseason, tying an NHL record that will be broken with Game 5. ... The Kings have led for only 40:01 in the four games.

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