Rangers 2, Kings 1 (FINAL)
0:00, 3rd Period: The Kings get a few shots through, but Henrik Lundqvist makes two key saves and the puck gets cleared away. The Rangers win Game 4. No Stanley Cup presented tonight.
0:24, 3rd Period: The Kings get good sustained pressure in the offensive zone in front of Lundqvist, but a hand pass sends a faceoff just outside the Rangers zone and Jonathan Quick back to his net for now.
1:10, 3rd Period: Jonathan Quick pulled by the Kings. Seconds later, Brian Boyle sends a shot all the way down the ice, but it goes just wide.
1:11, 3rd Period: A massive pileup in the Rangers net and the puck is finally blown dead. The Kings that puck went in but we'll see. It was right on the line. Woah.
1:54, 3rd Period: The Rangers are just holding on for dear life at this point. The latest chance for the Kings results in a scramble right next to Henrik Lundqvist in net.
7:20, 3rd Period: Well, the Rangers got a shot! It came from beyond the blue line but it was on net.
10:05, 3rd Period: The period is halfway done and still the Rangers don't have a shot. Of course Henrik Lundqvist makes another point-blank save so at this rate, the Rangers don't really need one.
13:36, 3rd Period: Tanner Pearson is the best King on the ice tonight, he's all over. Once again That 70s Line sets up in the offensive zone and keeps the pressure on but Lundqvist gobbles up and freezes a shot. The only relief the Rangers are getting right now comes when they chip the puck out of the zone. This is a hang-on effort.
16:18, 3rd Period: Right off a faceoff Dustin Brown gets the puck all alone out in front of Henrik Lundqvist. He patiently circles the crease but Lundqvist doesn't overplay and sucks up the puck right into the middle of his jersey.
20:00, 3rd Period: Buckle up, the third period is on!
Intermission: Here are the numbers after 40 minutes.
Intermission: The Rangers are saved by the bell here in the second period. New York came out of the period strong and built up the 2-0 lead and then, as expected, the Kings woke up. The final half of the period was spent almost exclusively in the New York zone, the team seemingly constantly defending. LA ended up firing 15 shots on goal that period to the Rangers' 10 but the way LA dominated in the last 10 minutes, it sure felt like more. Henrik Lundqvist has to continue to play at this high level to keep this lead for the Rangers because the Kings are going to bring it again in the third.
1:11, 2nd Period: This is the Henrik Lundqvist we see in elimination games. He stays with Jeff Carter all the way on the latter's breakaway attempt and is able to get his left leg stretched out to cover the post. Great chance from Carter, better save by Lundqvist. Dan Girardi was toasted again, by the way.
2:28, 2nd Period: Penalty Killed! The Kings spend much of the power play in the offensive zone but mostly pass it around and don't actually get a ton of shots. That power play seemed to slow down their pace and in a way, their momentum.
4:28, 2nd Period: POWER PLAY, Kings! The Kings continue with the offensive-zone pressure and had a golden chance with Jarret Stoll in the slot but can't get the puck on net. However Dominic Moore takes the penalty seconds later.
5:51, 2nd Period: Good news for New York is the game has leveled out a bit after that massive Kings flurry. Shots right now are 20-17 in favor of the Kings, attempts are at 33 apiece.
9:56, 2nd Period: Hold on, Rangers fans, the Kings have flipped the switch. They have begun their relentless attack on New York here, trying to overcome yet another 2-0 deficit. They are halfway there now and if they keep playing like this will have the game back at level footing sooner rather than later.
11:13, 2nd Period: GOAL, Kings! Dustin Brown scoops up the puck near the Rangers blue line and is off to the races. He dekes around Lundqvist and puts the puck in as Lundqvist was falling down. Technically it's not short-handed as the penalty just expired but in spirit it is.
Now, let's count the dekes (GIF via @PeteBlackburn).
13:16, 2nd Period: POWER PLAY, Rangers! The Rangers don't look interested in sitting on their 2-0 lead tonight. Right after the goal Derek Stepan gets some space and looks like he's going to get in clean on Quick but Tyler Toffoli reaches out and gets the slash for the penalty. Rangers are taking over this game.
13:33, 2nd Period: GOAL, Rangers! Martin St. Louis gets to the net and puts the puck home on a second chance against Jonathan Quick from the side of the cage.
15:46, 2nd Period: Penalty Killed! The Rangers had one last flurry before the Mitchell penalty expires but Jonathan Quick scrambles with the best of them and keeps the puck out using the splits. He's playing awfully well again tonight.
15:53, 2nd Period: In the waning seconds of the Rangers power play, Jonathan Quick makes a great save on another redirection right in front. Afterward, a scrum ensues and matching minors are dished out to Drew Doughty and Benoit Pouliot. New York will take that trade all day.
17:46, 2nd Period: POWER PLAY, Rangers! Willie Mitchell just can't stay out of the box. He gets called for a hooking call on Brian Boyle as the Rangers were on the offensive-zone cycle. He doesn't like the call but he'll sit anyway.
19:04, 2nd Period: PING! Marian Gaborik gets a head of steam and has Henrik Lundqvist beat with his wrist shot but it hits the crossbar and goes out of play. Rangers can't complain about close calls and no luck in this game.
20:00, 2nd Period: While we recover from Don Cherry's dance (don't worry, we'll share it with those who missed on the blog), the game is back on.
Intermission: By Don Cherry's standards, this outfit is pretty tame. Coach's Corner tonight, however, doesn't appear to be.
Cherry's suit tonight comes via your grandmother's flower pot. pic.twitter.com/4kABWdyacL— Marc Dumont (@Dr_Habs) June 12, 2014
Intermission: As should be expected given the Rangers lead, the Kings turned on the shots in the latter half of the period and hold a 11-7 shot advantage, attempting 20 to New York's 15. Where LA did dominate, though, was in the faceoff dot, winning 20 of 24 faceoffs.
Intermission: There's no denying the Rangers came out to play in this game, definitely not interested in just rolling over and giving this to the Kings. They had a good chance right off the opening faceoff and then did a good job for a few minutes to drive possession, getting five shots in a row that culminated with Benoit Pouliot's goal. The Kings did come back with six shots in a row of their own and had one stop halfway over the goal line but they were unable to score. The bounces that went their way in Game 3 went the Rangers' way in the first period of Game 4.
0:00, 1st Period: Just before the buzzer sounds, a shot on Jonathan Quick gives him a little more trouble than it should have, leaving the rebound right in front but he manages to keep the puck out as he's shoved into the cage. Wild finish but the game remains 1-0.
2:24, 1st Period: Since the Rangers scored, this game has become all Kings. New York is getting almost no possession time and it shows with the Kings having the past six shots on net.
4:35, 1st Period: In a rarity, Ryan McDonagh gets beat, allowing Tanner Pearson to fly in for a minor breakaway but his backhand shot is stopped by Lundqvist.
6:21, 1st Period: Penalty Killed! Well it was eventful with that near-goal in the first seconds but the Rangers do survive the Zuccarello penalty.
8:10, 1st Period: Unreal, the Kings begin with a flurry and have the puck sitting halfway across the line but Jeff Carter fans on his attempt to push it in and then Anton Stralman sweeps it out of the net. They're reviewing it but that puck didn't go in. Amazing.
8:21, 1st Period: POWER PLAY, Kings! Mats Zuccarello goes to the box for a delay of game call thanks in part to an impending hit from Anze Kopitar.
8:41, 1st Period: The Rangers certainly have something going here. Not only are they controlling the play of this game at the moment and keeping the puck mostly in the LA end but they are playing with a ton of energy too, illustrated by the couple of perfect hip-checks in the last few minutes, including Anton Stalman on Drew Doughty (GIF via @MyRegularFace).
12:36, 1st Period: GOAL, RANGERS! Right as the penalty is expiring, Benoit Pouliot redirects a puck that was going high and gets it to go in under the crossbar. The Rangers probably deserved that, it was a good power play they had and Richards nearly had a goal earlier. Technically it wasn't a power-play goal but might as well have been.
14:37, 1st Period: POWER PLAY, Rangers! Willie Mitchell had a couple of penalties last game and now he takes another to start this one with a high-sticking infraction.
14:48, 1st Period: LA was buzzing a bit early and fired three shots on Henrik Lundqvist (tried four more) and now New York finally gets some zone time before they get their first recorded shot that Jonathan Quick stops, his 50th consecutive save.
18:20, 1st Period: The Rangers kept the same lineup but not the same lines. Struggling Brad Richards has been dropped to the fourth line and Dominic Moore is up centering the line with Martin St. Louis and Chris Krieder.
19:25, 1st Period: It took the Rangers all of a few seconds to get a golden chance on the Kings but a pass goes right through the crease and ends up harmless. Very close to an early strike but instead another missed opportunity.
20:00, 1st Period: GAME ON!
Pregame, 8:21 ET: The Kings are sticking with the top line of Brown-Kopitar-Gaborik to start the game, the Rangers counter with their top line of Nash-Stepan-Hagelin.
Pregame, 8:20 ET: So this is an interesting trending topic ...
Pregame, 8:15 ET: Dan Carcillo is officially scratched for the Rangers while Robyn Regehr remains the scratch for the Kings.
Pregame, 8:07 ET: Hey, did you know the Rangers are undefeated when facing elimination this postseason? Because for some reason people keep mentioning this ... But on that note, here's a reminder of Henrik Lundqvist in his last 12 games facing elimination: 10-2 with a .957 save percentage.
Pregame 8 ET: So Dan Girardi is having a bit of a tough series, eh?
ouch that stat pic.twitter.com/qTizGs8m7e— Steph (@myregularface) June 11, 2014
Pregame, 7:52 ET: Pretty cool picture of the Kings getting ready for the game at MSG.
Waiting in the shadows pic.twitter.com/1bq5Adb2mr— LA Kings (@LAKings) June 11, 2014
Pregame, 7:50 ET: Warmups are under way and trying to get a read on the Rangers, it looks like coach Alain Vigneault is going to stick with the same lineup as last game. The question surrounded Daniel Carcillo and if he'd play in his first game coming off his suspension. Looks like no.
Will this be the last game of the season? pic.twitter.com/s4D9b3LGoi— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) June 11, 2014