Monday, June 9, 2014

Rangers Fall in Game 2, Head Home Tonight

The New York Rangers may be down to their final days in the 2013-14 NHL season.

Despite forging 2-0 and 4-2 leads on Saturday night at the Staples Center in California, the Eastern Conference champions fell, 5-4, to the Los Angeles Kings in double overtime on a deflection goal by Dustin Brown. The Kings, the NHL's 2012 Stanley Cup champion, now lead the best-of-seven 2014 Stanley Cup Final, two games to none, with Game 3 slated for tonight at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.

Willie Mitchell (Clarkson) scored the Kings' second goal, on a power play, and also assisted on the winner in OT, as it was his one-timer from the left point that Brown tipped home. Matt Green (North Dakota) assisted on Los Angeles' third goal, and goaltender Jonathan Quick (UMass) finished with 34 saves. 

Ryan McDonagh (Wisconsin) and Martin St. Louis (Vermont) both scored for the Rangers, the latter on a power play, the first man-advantage goal scored in the series. Picking up assists on the evening were Dominic Moore (Harvard), Derek Stepan (Wisconsin) and Chris Kreider (Boston College). Kreider also hit a post in overtime, on a wrist shot from the slot that would have won the game for New York.

An LA win tonight, and the Kings will be looking to close things out at MSG on Wednesday. The Rangers rebounded from a 3-1 deficit in the second round to oust the Pittsburgh Penguins, while the Kings came back from a 3-0 deficit versus the San Jose Sharks and a 3-2 deficit to the Anaheim Ducks in the first two rounds, respectively, this spring.

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