VIDEO: Kings, Rangers trade golden chances in final minute of regulation
The last 45 seconds of the third period was the game's most eventful with the Kings and Rangers trading quality chances.
It’s hard to believe that in a period in which the Los Angeles Kings managed to pour 20 shots on goal that the period didn’t really peak until the final 45 seconds of action, and that it was the New York Rangers sparking it.
For the second time in the game, Rangers forward Carl Hagelin found himself on a breakaway with his team shorthanded. He burned past the defense and got a shot away on Quick, but the Kings netminder was able to get a good piece of it. The puck popped straight up into the air and just barely bounced away from the goal. Hagelin tried to center the puck, but it went all the way out.
The Kings quickly got on the counter attack with Anze Kopitar sending the puck to Jeff Carter, who found some space down the right side. When Carter couldn’t get a good shot away, he went back behind the Rangers’ net and Henrik Lundqvist was rather slow to react. Luckily, or nearly unluckily, Hagelin had gotten all the way back on the back check. Carter sent the puck towards the net. It went off Hagelin and trickled near the goal line, but it never crossed.
The Rangers cleared the puck away briefly before the Kings countered again. Justin Williams had a good centering pass sent in, but it didn’t connect with anyone. Even just before time expired, the Kings nearly had a chance to score the go-ahead goal.
It was the most breathtaking minute of action in the entire game and it nearly could have ended it. Instead, the game went to overtime.
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