Thursday, June 12, 2014

Stepan, Rangers Hang On to Win Game 5

Martin St. Louis (Vermont) scored the game-winning goal, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 40 shots as the New York Rangers staved off elimination in the Stanley Cup Final with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Los Angeles now leads the series, three games to one.

With New York ahead by a 1-0 score in the second period, St. Louis was there to clean up a redirection by Chris Kreider (Boston College) off a broken-stick shot by Derek Stepan (Wisconsin). Stepan later kept a loose puck that got behind Lundqvist from crossing the goal line in the waning minutes of the third period, as the Rangers held on to win their first Finals home game since 1994. It was also their first win since ousting Montreal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final on May 29, and raised their record to 5-0 in elimination games in this year's playoffs.

Jonathan Quick (UMass) made 19 stops for Los Angeles in suffering his first playoff defeat since Game 6 of the Western Conference Final against Chicago. Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final will be held on Friday night at the Staples Center in California, with the Kings again looking to close out the series and earn their second NHL championship in three seasons.

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