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Kings win 5-4 (2OT) | LA leads series 2-0 | Game 3 Mon.
LA Kings: This is getting a little crazy at this point. For the third consecutive game the Kings fell down by two goals and for a third consecutive game they came back to win the game. This time they took that two-goal deficit into the third period and still came back. No idea how this team keeps doing but they keep doing it and it's highly entertaining. Just the same as Game 1, they Kings did not play a fantastic game on Saturday night -- they had 33 turnovers -- but even though it didn't necessarily feel like it, they were the team that had a tighter control on this game; that's how they were able to turn it over so much, because they had the puck often. Still, they were sloppy and it's going to have to improve if they want to return to LA with a series lead (or with the Stanley Cup) because they just barely survived the first two games, it will be even tougher in New York.
New York Rangers: How defeated must the Rangers feel right now? When you look at the first two games you have to feel like the Rangers deserved to come away with a win but the cruelness of hockey shows them heading back home down two games to none. It's definitely not every day you see Henrik Lundqvist give up five goals, but some of that can be attributed to his defense. Dan Girardi was once again not good and while they were mostly sound as a whole, the Rangers did make some mistakes and it seemed the Kings capitalized on every one of them. On the plus side, though, they fought the Kings to brutal games in both and came up just shy, not to mention the forecheck was very good in this game, they put pressure on the Kings to force turnovers and speedy players Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider and Carl Hagelin were again very good, as was Rick Nash. Those are all positive signs that New York can still make this a series.
Play of the Game: Dustin Brown's redirection in the second OT won it and was one heck of a play but we shared that separately. Instead we're going with the goal that sent the game to overtime, from former Ranger Marian Gaborik. He scored his playoff-leading 13th goal when he was able to take the puck from a Rangers defense that didn't seem to know what it was doing in front of their own net. It was a poor play all around from New York and was the type of opportunistic play that has been critical in the first two games.
Player of the Game: Even though he gave up four goals in this game, Jonathan Quick deserves a shoutout, but Justin Williams was pretty excellent again for the Kings. He had three assists in regulation to give him five points in two games. He was making a lot happen on the forecheck for the Kings and was key in their comeback again. In total he had four shots on goal and attempted three more.
Turning Point: Well there's not much getting around the turning point in this one, a play that is going to have Rangers fans feeling the frustration for a while, it was the Kings' third goal by Dwight King where it appeared they let interference go. It was the start of three unanswered goals for LA.
GIF of the Game: Not sure how much we need to say to set this one up other than here's a Kings fan dancing. Enjoy (GIF via @MyRegularFace). You go, Kings fan, just keep on dancing.