The comeback Kings strike again in double overtime.
The New York Rangers blew not 1, not 2, but 2 two-goal leads in game two of the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Rangers had a 2-0 lead, a 3-1 lead, and a 4-2 lead. Each time, the Kings came firing back and eventually forced overtime.
After a scoreless first overtime, Dustin Brown deflected in a Willie Mitchell shot from the point 10:26 into the second overtime right that went right through the 5-hole of Henrik Lundqvist and gave the Kings a 2-0 series lead over the Rangers.
Game 3 is set for Monday night from Madison Square Garden with puck drop scheduled for shortly after 8pm.
The Rangers have not trailed for one second in regulation this series, yet trail the Kings two games to none.
Ryan McDonagh opened the scoring 10:48 into the first, firing a rocket from the point past Jonathan Quick. Mats Zuccarello made it 2-0 about 8 minutes later. This was the 3rd straight playoff game the Kings fell behind 2-0 and came back to win.
Los Angeles finally got on the scoreboard early in the second when Jarrett Stoll scored on the vacated goal of Henrik Lundqvist. Martin St. Louis, Willie Mitchell, and Derick Brassard then rotated 2nd period goals. After Mitchell cut the Rangers lead to 3-2, Brassard responded 11 seconds later to re-give New York a 2-goal lead entering the 3rd.
Just like game one, the Kings owned the 3rd period scoring 2 goals to tie the game. The tying goal was extra special because it was scored by former Ranger Marian Gaborik 7:36 into the third.
The game went to overtime where the best chance came from Chris Kreider who was sprung free on a breakaway, but Jonathan Quick got a stick on it to keep the Kings in the game. Then in double overtime, Dustin Brown’s deflection past Lundqvist ended the game.
Overall, game two was very much an evenly played game. LA out-shot New York 44-38, New York out-hit LA 51-50, and face-offs were 56-54 in favor of the Kings. The Rangers made a point to play much more physical in this one, and they did.
This loss is especially hard for the Rangers to take. Anytime you have 3 two-goal leads and you don’t come out on top, it hurts.
Now the Rangers have to go into desperation mode with the series shifting to Madison Square Garden for game 3 on Monday night.