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Captain clutch: Brown scores OT winner, Kings take Game 2

Jun 7, 2014, 11:59 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — When the Kings needed someone to step up, the captain answered the call.

Dustin Brown scored the winner 10:26 into the second overtime on Saturday night, tipping home a Willie Mitchell point shot to give the Kings a 5-4 win over the New York Rangers and two games to none lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

For Brown, the goal capped off one of his most emphatic performances of the postseason. He led all Kings forwards with six hits and finished with over 26 minutes of ice time, his highest total of the playoffs. The goal occurred during the second straight OT game played between the Rangers and Kings; it also marked the first time in NHL history that three consecutive Stanley Cup Finals opened with a pair of overtime games (L.A. and New Jersey went to extra time twice in 2012; the Bruins and ‘Hawks did it last year as well.)

Tonight’s game had plenty more to offer than just Brown’s OT heroics, however. Like in Game 1, both Los Angeles and New York engaged in an entertaining opening 60 minutes that featured a number of scoring chances.

And just like in Game 1, the Rangers couldn’t hold onto a two-goal lead.

Check that — the Rangers couldn’t hold onto three two-goal leads.

New York raced out to its first in the opening period — Ryan McDonagh opened the scoring at the 10:48 mark, and Mats Zuccarello made it 2-0 eight minutes later when he scored his fifth of the playoffs.

In the second period, L.A. wasted little time erasing the deficit.

The Kings cut the lead to one just 1:46 in, when Jarret Stoll capitalized on a bad Brad Richards turnover and some sloppy defensive zone work from New York. Ten minutes later, the Rangers restored their two-goal advantage when Martin St. Louis scored on his power play — the first Blueshirts goal with the man advantage this series — but the Kings replied almost immediately when Willie Mitchell scored his team’s first power play goal of the Stanley Cup Final at the 14:39 mark.

Eleven seconds after Mitchell scored, the Rangers took advantage of some poor Jonathan Quick puck handling (Mitchell’s wasn’t great either). Derick Brassard scored, giving New York a 4-2 lead they’d carry into the third period.

Down a pair of goals — and stop us if you’ve heard this one before — the Kings found a way to claw back.

It began with the most questionable and controversial goal of the series, as Dwight King appeared to interfere with Henrik Lundqvist while tipping home Matt Greene‘s point shot. Lundqvist was livid following the goal, protesting that King was camped out in his crease; adding to the frustration was that, earlier in the game, the Rangers were whistled on a goalie interference penalty when Benoit Pouliot tangled with Jonathan Quick.

Kings’s goal stood, however, and that seemed to give L.A. the momentum it needed. Marian Gaborik snapped home his NHL-best 13th of the playoffs at the 7:36 mark, which capped the regulation scoring and sent the teams into overtime.

In the extra frames, both goalies performed well. Lundqvist stopped 11 of 12 shots to finish with 39 saves overall; Quick was perfect on all nine shots faced to finish with 34 saves on the night.

Looking ahead, it’ll be interesting to see how the Rangers respond to a second disappointing loss. They’ve now blown four two-goal leads in two games against the Kings and dropped a pair of OT defeats. For a team that will need to win at least one game at Staples to capture the Stanley Cup, those missed opportunities will loom large.

For the Kings…well, what more can be said? This team has shown remarkable resilience all postseason and did it again tonight, mounting a series of comebacks while looking completely unfazed by the prospect of falling behind. The Kings have proven to be a tough out all spring, and that’s continued through the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final.

  1. pirovash88 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    What a nail bitting thriller and victory. Kings are the most resilient team in the league. Let’s get em in New York.

  2. jason9696 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    I’m cheering for the Kings. But the Rangers deserve a better fate than being down 2-0 in the series.

    That being said the Kings are just an incredible team. They’ve won their last 3 games that they’ve played in OT. And haven’t led once during any of them except for at the very end.

    • matt14gg - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      I hear you, but teams deserve what they get. Gotta hold those two goal leads.

      The Rangers have a bad habit, much like the Bruins (and many other teams in the league), of sagging around their own net when they are “protecting” a lead. Best way to protect a lead is to just keep playing your game, but teams like the Rangers, Bruins etc. just can’t seem to find that mindset. There’s a reason Hank is fighting so much traffic and a lot of it has to do with his own guys joining him in and around the crease.

  3. homerx - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    The NHL should be embarrassed on the non call. It changed the course of the series. The officiating during the entire playoffs has been disgusting.

    For those saying the Kings are so dominant, why did it take two OT’s and some help from the refs for the kings to win.

    • phxyotes - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:17 AM

      Cry more.

      • klingonj - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:23 AM

        that was a terrible non call. Im an Islander fan (we hate the Rangers) and I found that call terrible. How does that happen in the finals

    • mackattack29 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      Lol quit whining. The rags were flopping all over the ice and the refs gave them free penalties in OT. They had their chances given back by the refs and they couldn’t finish the game. My question is how come it took 2 OT’s and the rags got worse as every second went on. Clearly the kings constant hitting is slowing them down and really showing what a weak team the rags are.

      • stakex - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:39 AM

        The Rangers play was fine almost the entire game, not really sure what you mean by it got worse. Hockey is a game of momentum swings, and when the Kings scored they were riding one of those momentum waves…. but at no point did the Rangers seem to be wearing down, at least not any more than they Kings.

        I guess I should also point out to you that the Rangers actually had more hits in this game, and that even if Lundqvist helped sell that call in OT…. you can’t make contact with the goalie when he’s playing the puck behind the net, or its a penalty.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      No more disgusting than Nash’s dive on Williams. Now that call was embarrassing.

      • dbreslow56 - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:00 AM

        I guess Nash was trying to show his worth to NYR by flopping considering he sure can’t score this series. He must have learned how to embellish from MTL.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:24 AM

        Yep, he’s definitely making up for the lack of scoring in the flopping department.

      • habs9 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        but but but, i was told only Habs players dive…how can this be?

    • hrudey - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      I would have been fine with a call or a non-call there (as a Kings fan, I’m glad it went the way it did). But the Rangers still had the lead with the guy everyone kept saying wouldn’t give up five goals, and goals from the blue line, and that the Kings hadn’t faced a goalie or defense like him this postseason. Calls go for you sometimes, and against you sometimes, but true champions just keep on playing, while losers go on about how they were cheated. Unfortunately for the Rangers, they had a call that didn’t go their way, but to their credit they kept playing and from what I’ve heard so far, there hasn’t been anybody really blaming the loss on that.

      I don’t think anyone’s said this Kings team has been dominant. They’re just really good and extremely hard to put away. This Rangers team plays hard, plays smart, and certainly are giving an effort to take pride in; they just have the misfortune to be playing a team that has an unnatural knack for being able to win games and series when all logic would dictate that they can’t do it.

      • dbreslow56 - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:16 AM

        I agree 1000% who thought we would beat San Jose when we were down 3-0? Who thought we could beat Anaheim when we were down 3-2 and had to win in their building? Who thought we could beat the defending Stanley Cup Champions, Chicago, in their own building in a Game 7? I’ll tell you who, No one!! With all due respect to the NYR, you deserve to be here as much as the Kings do, but this is our year. Especially after winning the first 2 games of the Stanley Cup Final the way they’ve been won. . It’s only a matter of time. One shift at a time! One game at a time! Go Kings!

    • dbreslow56 - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:55 AM

      WaaWaaWaaWaa!!!! Sometimes the calls go your way. Sometimes they don’t. Luck is a byproduct of hard work! ! Fact of the matter is the Kings are up 2-0. NYR lost their element of surprise, speed, in Game 1 and had their hearts ripped out in Game 2 because they couldn’t hold a lead. That’s the fact. Don’t ever be in a position to blame the refs. The refs aren’t the one’s who didn’t hold the lead. Accept responsibility and move on. I’m sure the NYR will, if they want to compete in this series. One shift at a time! One game at a time! Go Kings!

    • habs9 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      and then cry some more after that too!

  4. jake1199 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    2 blown calls, interference on hank and the over the glass delay of game in overtime! NHL wake up and don’t let the same officials return for the rest of the playoffs! What a joke!

    • seitz26 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      Two blown calls? I thought you were talking about the diving exhibition put on by Lundqvist and Nash in the first overtime that went unpunished.

      • mackattack29 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:28 AM

        Seriously.. they were flopping like dolphins lol.

      • pirovash88 - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:12 AM

        Two blown calls that would benefit the rangers. We should be specific.

  5. stakex - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Well the Rangers didn’t lose things game only because of that bad call, and there is no way to know how things turn out if the goal had been waved off.

    Still though, its very sad to see the game turn on such a bad call. This isn’t the regular season, its the ****ing Stanley Cup finals. The refs are suppose to be the best, and yet they allowed that goal to stand despite blatant, textbook goaltender interference. That simply cannot happen. If nothing else this should accelerate the idea of a coaches challenge, or simply making goaltender interference a reviewable play when a goal is score.

  6. phtid4me - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    The Kardiac Kings do it again. Resiliency at its finest. Must say that missed interference call sucks for the Rangers, but that doesn’t change the series. Rangers just can’t protect the lead. Too bad. Tough loss.

    • mackattack29 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:27 AM

      Rangers can’t protect the lead at all. It’s almost like no matter what they do they can’t win against the resilient kings. They should really just wave the white flag because the brooms are coming out for the SWEEP!

      • phtid4me - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:30 AM

        ;-) Go Kings

  7. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Exciting game, but as a neutral hoping for at least a Game 6 to let me enjoy a dose of Stanley Cup on my birthday, well, I need the Rangers to tie this up at MSG.

  8. khmerson562 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Captain America brownie

  9. blomfeld - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Person A: hey man, did you know that the LA Kings have the ‘most’ Canadians of any NHL team ?

    Person B: no man, I didn’t know that … but thanks for telling me eh ? :)

    ______________________________________________________

    WE’VE DONE IT !!! :) :) :)

    Suffice it to say friends that if ‘happiness’ could equal a seaway, then right about now the House of Blomfeld is the Suez Canal ! Yes sir ! Our glorious captain ‘seals the deal’ for us, Quickie makes the Siegfried Line look like a sieve and our ’70′s Line’ played like they were doing lines at Studio 54 ! These are definitely ‘good’ times eh ? :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jajdDPk2f3Q

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • phtid4me - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      Hahahaha! Go Blomfeld! Go Kings!

  10. papajack1259 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    With some luck the boys in blue would be up two. They played well, but not well enough there were times when the Rangers wore the Def down and had tremendous zone time Quick did not look sharp but made the stops he had too. Boston lost the first two to Vancouver and they won a cup. so things can turn but the Rangers need their big boys to score, it hurts if your a Ranger fan tonight…

  11. mackattack29 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    There’s just nothing the rags can do. This series is halfway to being over. The Kings are just better in every way. Well I guess except in the flopping, diving and whining category. In that area the rags are definitely better. But luckily no matter how much Ny fans and players cry, that still won’t win them a cup.. haha.

    • peymax1693 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:56 AM

      Whatever, dude. The Rangers were down 3-1 to the Pens and came back. This team is resilient and has a lot of heart. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if this series is 2-2 by Thursday.

      Now, would I rather be up 2-0 than down 2-0? Without a doubt. But it’s not like the Kings have skated circles around the Rangers. If they had, they would have actually held a lead at some point during the first 2 games.

  12. ronniethec - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    After the game on NBC Sports the goalie interference rule was read and shown on the screen. The goal was shown from above many times. Bottom line is that according to the clear meaning of the rule there was NO goalie interference. Furthermore, do not forget that the Rangers blew THREE 2 goal leads including a 2 goal lead after 2 periods. Bottom line: it is what it is.

  13. Professor Fate - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    This is turning into yet another heart-stopping series for Kings’ fans. The Rangers keep getting off to fast starts, but seem unable to finish the games. If they get out to another first-period lead it could be said the Kings have them right where they want them. I’d much prefer to see the Kings actually match the Rangers’ first period intensity and stop falling into a hole.

    It’s too bad a good game was marred by the impression that the refereeing somehow caused the Rangers to blow three two-goal leads. Turnovers have been big so far and those can’t be blamed on the refs.

    King was in Lundqvist’s crease. That can’t be disputed, but how convenient that Rangers’ fans completely ignore McDonagh checking (interference) King backwards into his goaltender. If the ref is going to call a penalty there he is going to call the first one, and that would be on McDonagh. Since the puck went into the net I think the ref was correct to not call anything. If McDonagh doesn’t interfere with King, and the puck goes into the net, then I think the ref calls interference on King and it’s a no-goal.

    Despite the claim by Rangers’ fans that it should have been a no-goal, N.Y. still had a one-goal lead at that point yet couldn’t prevent the Kings from tying the game. Or stopping the Kings from winning it in overtime.

    There were missed calls and no-calls in the Kings’ last series with Chicago, but I don’t recall very many complaints from either teams’ fans. If I were a Ranger fan I’d be a lot more worried about my teams’ inability to maintain consistent control over the game, especially the third period and overtime. I guess if your guys keep choking and giving up two-goal leads the only thing left to do is blame it on the refs.

  14. papajack1259 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    I will say the. Penalty call on Nash and Hank were Academy Performances considering they called Doughty in the first game. I agree that NY is getting hit and it may be taken it’s toll, Still LA can not continue playing 2 down every game it will catch up to you. NY has had its chances….

  15. ndirish10 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    I thought the goal went of the Rangers leg, not Brown’s stick…

    • jason9696 - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:04 AM

      Nope. It definitely went of Dustin Brown’s stick. The shot was actually going wide of the net before he tipped it in.

  16. jimeejohnson - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:00 AM

    Rangers were up 4-2, You can’t win a Stanley Cup and give up 2 goal leads. Sorry.

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