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Video: Carter beats the buzzer in the first period

Jun 9, 2014, 9:02 PM EDT

Before the first period, Madison Square Garden featured the festive atmosphere you’d expect from the first Stanley Cup Final contest it’s hosted in 20 years. Heading into the first intermission, the crowd was rendered silent by an absolutely stunning Jeff Carter goal.

The Los Angeles Kings enter the middle frame with their first regulation lead as Carter scored with less than second left:

Can the New York Rangers bounce back from this deficit? They have two periods to score at least one goal. If this series’ first two contests are any indication, we could be in for plenty of other twists and turns.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Lundqvist does not look good on this one.

    • imleftcoast - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      It was deflected. There are times to slide to block a pass. This was one of those times.

  2. Stiller43 - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    LA in 4? Or 5?

    • davidmessina63 - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      5 at most.

  3. hrudey - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Kings fans will remember this as the day Jeff Carter did his Dustin Penner impersonation. Please do not serve the man pancakes.

  4. dbreslow56 - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Was this goal the refs fault too??

    • mackattack29 - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      Yes. Every goal the kings score is the refs fault. The rags need to whine about everything. When they lose this series it will be the refs fault forever. Lol

      • imleftcoast - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:29 PM

        The refs basically forced the Cup on them in 1994. Are the Canucks the only to get ridiculous suspensions in the Finals?

  5. nightfireop - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    there’s still 40 mins of play guys. each finals game can tilt any direction. rangers still within reach to win tonight if the kings don’t put their best foot forward.

  6. khmerson562 - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Finally the kings didn’t have to come from behind to win.

  7. blomfeld - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    WE LOVE YOU JEFF !

    and we always will !!! :) :) :)

    Blomfeld, on behalf of all ‘glorious’ Kings fans here in Canada !

  8. xdj511 - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    In the first two games the Rangers seemed to stop playing in the last ten seconds of the periods and the Kings had some great last second chances. It came back to bite them there.

  9. papajack1259 - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Henrik should of stopped it period he was way to far in his net should be no blue in front of him he choked and that my friends is the end of The Rangers

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