Trailing 2-1, the Los Angeles Kings very well could have tied Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final in the final minute of the game. They were millimeters away from tying the game in fact, but some fortuitous ice buildup and a desperate Derek Stepan, helped preserve a 2-1 win for the New York Rangers and extends the series.
With just over a minute to play, Tanner Pearson broke toward the New York Rangers net. He tipped a pass through goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who got just enough of it to slow it down. The puck glided towards the goal line and appeared as though it would go over, but then it slowed down. Next, Stepan dove into the crease and with an open glove, pushed it under his goaltender.
Watch it again via @myregularface:
Had Stepan closed his hand on the puck in the crease, it would have been a penalty shot. He either had the presence of mind or the greatest luck that he did not fully cover the puck with his hand.
It doesn't get much closer than that. The Rangers had some good fortune most of the night. That was actually the second goal cleared right off the goal line of the night.
Now the series shifts back to Los Angeles for Game 5 on Friday. What an incredible finish and what resilience by the Rangers on the brink of elimination.