The New York Rangers survived a 3rd period onslaught by the Los Angeles Kings.
LA out-shot New York 15-1 in the final period, and 41-19 for the game. But for the first time all series, Henrik Lundqvist came up with the big saves when his team needed them most and the Rangers forced a game 5 with a thrilling 2-1 win at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers have now won 8 straight home games when facing elimination this post-season. The Kings will have to wait until Friday night to have another chance to clinch the teams 2nd championship in the last 3 years.
Face-off is set for shortly after 8pm from Staples Center.
Just like the first 2 games of this series, the Rangers got out to a 2-0 lead. Benoit Pouliot started off the scoring 7:25 into the first when he re-directed a John Moore shot from the point right after New York’s power play expired.
Martin St. Louis scored on a rebound 6:27 into the second period. After Jonathan Quick made the initial save, the puck squeaked through his legs and St. Louis was there to put it in the open net.
The Kings finally got on the scoreboard 2 minutes later when Dan Girardi’s failed attempt to dump the puck in sprung Dustin Brown loose on a breakaway. Brown channeled his inner Charlie Conway faking Henrik Lundqivst out of his pads to make it 2-1.
Then for the entire 3rd period, the Rangers were seemingly on their heels, with Lundqvist standing on his head.
The biggest save of the game however, wasn’t made by Lundqvist, but by Derek Stepan. Kings defenseman Alec Martinez threw a puck towards the net that was re-directed by Tanner Pearson through the legs of Lundqvist.
The puck stopped its motion right on the goal line, and Stepan pushed the puck out of harms way and the Rangers held on for the win.
This series continues to follow the model of the Kings last Stanley Cup win. LA got out to a 3-0 series lead, and then proceeded to lose games 4 and 5 before winning in game 6. The Kings would be much happier putting this series to a close on Friday night at home.