NHL Finals Game Two: Rangers 4 – Kings 5 2OT
Game One of the NHL Finals got the series off to a great start. Game Two showed that this could be an epic series for the record books. Once again finding themselves down by two goals, the Kings came storming back to win in the second overtime, taking a 2-0 series lead.
The win for the Kings was the third straight game where they found themselves down by multiple goals before notching a late comeback. In Saturday’s game, the Kings were down by 2 goals heading into the third period. Dwight King scored just two minutes into the period to bring them a goal closer and Marian Gaborik, the former New York Ranger, would score 7:36 into the period to tie things up.
Both teams then went the entire first overtime without a score, but Dustin Brown redirected a shot at the 10:26 mark in the second overtime, sealing the sudden death win for the Kings.
There was certainly a lot of controversy around this game. Though there were few qualms regarding the final two goals scored by the Kings, there were concerns with the goal that Dwight King scored to start the Kings rally. On the play, King fell into Henrik Lundqvist, causing the Rangers goalie to fall down and be out of position on the play. Despite a review, the goal stood and the Kings immediately had the momentum moving forward as things looked to be eerily similar to previous games.
Despite a high scoring final score, this series has seen some tremendous play from each teams respective goalie. Lundqvist had 39 saves on the night and a .886 save percentage. The Kings’ Jonathon Quick had 34 saves on 38 shots, good enough for a .895 save percentage. The win also moved Quick ahead of Lundqvist for playoff wins by active NHL goalies, as he notched his 43rd career postseason victory.
What may have been most impressive by both goalies was their play during overtime, when both of them made acrobatic saves that kept their teams alive.
The Rangers haven’t won a Stanley Cup in 20 years. And despite being favored at the beginning of the series, they find themselves in a serious hole now. Down 2-0, the series will move to New York for Game Three on Monday. You can rely on sportspicks.com handicappers for insight into this game and they’ll be with you for however long this series goes.
Justin Williams, who has been huge for the Kings this postseason, didn’t have any goals on Saturday night. He did, however, have three assists during regulation.
The last time the Kings won two games to start a series was against the Anaheim Ducks in the Conference Semifinals. Ironically, those wins were on the road, and the Ducks would come back to win three straight to take a 3-2 series lead. The Rangers will hope that they can have the same type of luck moving forward.
The Kings now have 1/3 odds to win the Stanley Cup this year while the Rangers have dropped to 5/2.