Beyond The Benches

LA Kings Take 2-0 Series Lead Over New York Rangers

Its safe to say that once these 2014 NHL playoffs are over, they will be known as the playoffs where no two goal lead is safe. The New York Rangers got out to just that by the conclusion of the first period. Ryan McDonagh got the scoring started with a shot from the point that beat Jonathan Quick, before Mats Zuccarello bounced on a rebound in front of the net to extend the Rangers lead to two.

Early in the second period the LA Kings were able to get on the board when Jarret Stoll scored less than two minutes in. The period would prove to be a lot of back and forth with the Rangers getting to that infamous two goal lead twice. First after Martin St. Louis ripped home a one-timer on the power play and then again just 11 second after Willie Mitchell scored his first goal of the playoffs, Derick Brassard made it 4-2 being at the right place at the right time.

The third period was a whole different story. Again the Kings scored less than two minutes into the period with Dwight King’s third goal of the playoffs. Marian Gaborik then continued doing what he has done best during these playoffs, and that’s score goals. With his third period goal, Gaborik now has 13 goals this post season four more than this Kings teammate Jeff Carter.

One overtime wouldn’t be enough for Game 2, but halfway through the second overtime Kings’ captain Dustin Brown sealed the deal for LA. After a shot from the point from Willie Mitchell, Brown had perfect positioning in front of the net to deflect the puck right past Henrik Lundqvist and giving the Kings a 2-0 series lead.

The two teams travel back to New York where Game 3 will take place Monday night at Madison Square Garden with the Rangers looking to get back in the series in front of their home crowd.