The Los Angeles Kings seem to play better when trailing. There's another gear they find when they get pushed. Two minutes after the New York Rangers took a 2-0 lead, the Kings got the pushback they needed in the form of a Dustin Brown breakaway.
Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi, who has had about as bad of luck as any player has in this Stanley Cup Final, went to make a D-to-D pass at the offensive blueline. As he did so, his stick snapped and the puck went right to Brown.
The Los Angeles Kings captain sped through the neutral zone and in on a breakaway before beating Henrik Lundqvist with an absolutely beautiful move to put the Kings back within a goal. Watching the replay shows just how quick Brown made his moves to baffle Lundqvist.
The score remained 2-1 upon the conclusion of the second period, but the Kings outshot the Rangers 12-2 since Brown's goal to close out the middle frame.
The momentum has flipped a bit and the Kings, the best third-period team in the league this postseason, are way too close for comfort for the Rangers. That should set up a rather interesting third period as the Rangers look to hold off the Kings to extend the series.