Just as Game 1 did, Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final needed overtime to decide things. This time it wasn't a bad defensive play that made the difference. Instead, it was one heck of a redirect.
After a thrilling first overtime, the Kings and Rangers headed to a second OT when things started to slow down. The game lost its pace a bit and came to a halt, not the same breakneck pace as the first but hardly boring. With sudden-death OT in a Stanley Cup Final game, boring OT is an oxymoron; there is no such thing.
On they went until the Kings were able to get the offense set up and begin the O-zone cycle, funneling the puck to Willie Mitchell at the point. With a little bit of room, he let the shot go from the point, a shot that looked to perhaps be going wide of the far post but had Henrik Lundqvist sliding over anyway.
That's when Dustin Brown, who was in his usual position near the front of the net and in front of Lundqvist, was able to redirect the shot from Mitchell and put it in for the winning goal. Brown has been criticized some this season for declining production but the Kings captain made just a terrific play in a huge spot for his team.
The funny part was it felt like the Rangers were the team that was going to get that goal in overtime, they had a few chances with glorious attempts but couldn't get them to go. Two of them came off the stick of Chris Kreider, one on a breakaway and another that he shot off the post, but it was the Kings who got the goal. Again.
While it felt like the Rangers were closer to the winner and dare we say were deserving of the winner, the Kings were perhaps in a little more control of the game if any team was. They had more shots (44-38) and many more attempts (91-77).
But the overtimes, especially the first, were just phenomenal hockey. Both teams felt like they were putting it all on the line and as is the nature of playoff OT hockey were just one shot from scoring a massive goal, the difference between an even series or a big 2-0 LA lead.
Nobody holds back at this time of year and all you had to do was ask Kings coach Darryl Sutter if his team was tired after that one.
"Darn right," Sutter said. "Thought about it late in the third, and I thought about it in the first overtime. Takes its toll. Always does
"There's a lot of guys that played a lot of minutes. It's like the games, 23. That's a lot."
Fact is, it was a game where both teams deserved to win, that's precisely why it went to a second overtime. But only one team can win and thanks to Dustin Brown, it was his Kings.