VIDEO: Benoit Pouliot, Carl Hagelin score breakaway goals for Rangers
Benoit Pouliot and Carl Hagelin gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead with back-to-back breakaway goals.
The first period was a great one for the New York Rangers as they really set the offensive tone for the game by scoring the first two goals. The Rangers had been all over the Los Angeles Kings, generating a load of shots and attempts on net.
Eventually, all those failed chances paid off, when they got a couple of gimme goals from the Rangers.
The first came off the stick of Benoit Pouliot, who capitalized on a costly mistake by Drew Doughty. With the Kings’ top defenseman trying to curl the puck away from the charging Pouliot, the Rangers forward poked it away and was off to the races.
Pouliot skated in unimpeded and wired a wrist shot over the right shoulder of Jonathan Quick to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.
Less than a minute later, the Rangers doubled up their lead in most unconventional fashion.
If you didn’t know, New York Rangers forward Carl Hagelin is fast. Real fast. With teammate Mats Zuccarello in the box, leaving the Rangers shorthanded, Brian Boyle chipped a puck ahead to the speedy Swede.
Hagelin blazed past Slava Voynov, who could barely get a stick on the Rangers forward before he slipped a shot on Quick. The Kings netminder made the initial save, a rather tough one, but he was unable to keep the puck out of the net. The rebound popped right out to the still-chasing Voynov, who had the puck bounce off his skate and in to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead just 1:42 after Pouliot opened the scoring.
What a remarkable way to start the game for the Rangers. The Kings did get a goal back before the end of the first, but New York has to be happy that they can skate with, or perhaps more accurately, outskate one of the best teams this postseason.
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