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Stanley Cup Final live: Kings beat Rangers, 5-4, in double overtime

Captain Dustin Brown, lurking in front of the goal, deflected a shot that gave the Kings a 2-0 series lead over the New York Rangers in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final series.

Brown managed to get his stick on a shot by defenseman Willie Mitchell, sending the puck through the legs of Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist 10 minutes 26 seconds into the second overtime for a 5-4 victory at Staples Center.

Game 3 will be Monday in Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers squandered 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2 leads in Game 2. Dwight King and Marian Gaborik scored third-period goals to get the Kings to overtime. The Rangers were 10-1 in the playoffs when leading after two periods.

Both the Kings and Rangers flirted with game-winning shots during the first overtime, but the game remained tied, 4-4, at Staples Center.

Chris Krieder nearly won the game, but his shot from the slot went off the post. Krieder had a breakaway opportunity 17 minutes into overtime but fired wide. He had one more opportunity in the last minute, but goaltender Jonathan Quick smothered his rebound try.

The Rangers created chances down to the final seconds. Derick Brassard got off a shot that bounced off Quick’s shoulder at the horn.

Drew Doughty had the Kings' best chance. He crashed the net and tipped a shot by Jeff Carter at the crease that Lundqvist managed to smother midway through the first overtime.

With the Rangers on the power play, the Kings’ Dwight King crashed the net and had a shorthanded chance 16 minutes into the first overtime, but his shot went wide.

The Kings were outplayed through two periods for the second consecutive game. Yet, they managed to get to overtime for the second consecutive game and fourth time in their last five games.

The extra period followed controversy.

With the Kings trailing, 4-2, Justin Williams did a free skate around the Rangers’ zone. He finally passed to Matt Greene, whose shot from the blue line was deflected by King into the net 1 minute 58 seconds into the period. Replays showed that King appeared to interfere with Lundqvist.

There was no penalty call, though and was Williams had his third assist of the game.

That became bigger later in the period. Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh lost his footing in front of the net and the puck pinballled around the goaltender crease before Gaborik pounded and chipped in his 13th goal of the playoffs to tie the score 7:36 into the period.

The Rangers jumped to a 2-0 lead mainly because McDonagh showed up meaning business. He sent Carter to the dressing room, briefly, with a check. He then clobbered rookie forward Tyler Toffoli behind the goal.

Both Rangers goals were the result of McDonagh’s offensive skills. His shot from the blue line bounced off Mats Zuccarello, who was at the post. The puck landed at Zuccarello’s feet and he tucked it into the net for a 2-0 lead with two minutes left in the opening period.

It wasn’t the best period for Williams. He inexplicably had the puck roll off his stick on a breakaway with the game scoreless. He then could have been credited with the second assist on the Rangers’ first goal.

Williams handed the puck over in the Kings’ zone. Rangers center Dominic Moore fed McDonagh at the blue line, whose shot whizzed past Quick for a 1-0 lead 10 minutes into the first period.

It is the third consecutive game the Kings fallen behind, 2-0. They won the previous two, eliminating the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-3, in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals and beating the Rangers, 3-2, in Game 1.

Some odd moments left the Rangers leading, 4-2, after two periods.

A little confusion in front of the net left Lundqvist sliding away from the net on his backside. Williams saw the opportunity and dropped a pass to Jarret Stoll, who slid a shot past defenseman Kevin Klein, who was trying to cover the net.

That cut the Rangers’ lead to 2-1 just 1 minute 46 seconds into the period.

Then tit-for-tat goals dragged momentum from one side to the other and back again.

The Kings were called for too many men on the ice, and the Rangers made them pay for it with a textbook play. Derek Stepan brought the puck into the Kings zone and slipped a pass to Martin St. Louis, who buried a shot for a 3-1 lead at 12:24.

The Kings answered with their own power-play goal. With Zuccarello off for tripping, the Kings worked the perimeter, with Mitchell sending a shot through traffic and into the net for his first goal of the playoffs at 14:49.The Rangers countered 11 seconds later.

The puck rolled behind the goal. Quick tried to corral it, but Zuccarello ended up with it. He centered a pass to Brassard, who chipped in a shot.

Kings 4, Rangers 4 (end of first overtime)

It will take at least another overtime to settle Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final tonight at Staples Center.

Both the Kings and Rangers flirted with game-winning shots during overtime, but the score remains tied, 4-4, at Staples Center.

Chris Krieder nearly won the game for the Rangers, but his shot from the slot went off the post. Krieder had a breakaway opportunity 17 minutes into overtime. He had another opportunity in the last minute, but goaltender Jonathan Quick smothered his rebound try.

The Rangers chances went down to the final seconds. Derick Brassard got off a shot that bounced off Quick’s shoulder at the horn.

Drew Doughty had the Kings' best chance. He crashed the net and tipped a shot by Jeff Carter at the crease that Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist managed to smother midway through the overtime.

With the Rangers on the power play, the Kings' Dwight King crashed the net and had a shorthanded chance 16 minutes into the overtime, but his shot went wide.

Kings 4, Rangers 4 (9:59 left in overtime)

The Kings get the first power play since midway through the second period after Rangers center Dominic Moore was called for high sticking against Kings center Jeff Carter.

The Kings put two shots on goal early with the man advantage, but Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stops a close-range attempt by right wing Marian Gaborik just after the initial faceoff and then stops a shot by Carter about 20 seconds later.

The power play abruptly ends after 40 seconds when Kings right wing Justin Williams is called for interference against Rangers left wing Rick Nash. Still, Kings center Jarret Stoll forces Lundqvist to make another save when skating four on four moments later.

Kings 4, Rangers 4 (end of third period)

Another game, another overtime.

The Kings were outplayed through two periods for the second consecutive Stanley Cup Final game. Yet, they have taken the New York Rangers to overtime for the second consecutive game.

Dwight King and Marian Gaborik scored third-period goals to leave the Game 2 score in the best-of-seven series tied, 4-4, after three periods. It is the third consecutive overtime game for the Kings.

The extra period followed controversy.

With the Kings trailing, 4-2, Justin Williams did a free skate around the Rangers’ zone. He finally passed to Matt Greene, whose shot from the blue line was deflected by King into the net 1 minute 58 seconds into the period. Replays showed that King appeared to interfere with goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

It was Williams' third assist for the game.

That no-call became big later in the period. Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh lost his footing in front of the goal and the puck pin-balled around the crease before Garborik pounced on it and chipped the puck into the net for his 13th goal of the playoffs to tie the score 7:36 into the period.

The Rangers jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first period goals by McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello. They led, 4-2, after two periods on goals by Martin St. Louis and Derick Brassard.

Jarret Stoll and Willie Mitchell scored second-period goals for the Kings.

Kings 4, Rangers 4 (12:24 left in third period)

There is always profit to be made in chaos.

Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh lost his footing, and the puck, in front of the Rangers’ net. Kings right wing Marian Garborik was there to pounce on it, scoring his 13th goal of the playoffs.

Rangers 4, Kings 3 (18:02 left in third period)

Justin Williams sets up another goal in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final series, helping cut the Kings' deficit to one goal.

He did a Sonja Henie skate around the Rangers’ zone, then found Matt Greene at the blue line. Greene’s shot found the net, although replays showed that Kings forward Dwight King redirected the puck.

No penalty, so it was Williams' third assist of the game.

Rangers 4, Kings 2 (end of second period)

A few odd moments allowed the New York Rangers to maintain a two-goal lead over the Kings through two periods in the Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final tonight at Staples Center.

The Rangers will take a 4-2 lead into the third period after twice answering Kings goals.

A little confusion in front of the net left Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist sliding away from the net on his backside. Justin Williams saw the opportunity and dropped a pass to Jarret Stoll, who slid a shot past defenseman Kevin Klein, who was trying to cover the net.

That cut the Rangers’ lead to 2-1 just 1 minute 46 seconds into the period.

Then tit-for-tat goals dragged momentum from one side to the other and back again.

The Kings were called for too many men on the ice, and the Rangers made them pay for it with a textbook play.

Derek Stepan brought the puck into the Kings' zone and waited for the the defenseman to commit. When he did, Stepan slipped a pass to Martin St. Louis, who buried a shot for a 3-1 lead at 12:24.

The Kings answered with their own power-play goal. With winger Mats Zuccarello sent off tripping, the Kings worked the perimeter, with defenseman Willie Mitchell sending a shot through traffic and into the net for his first goal of the playoffs at 14:49.

The Rangers countered 11 seconds later.

The puck rolled behind the net. Goaltender Jonathan Quick tried to corral it, but Zuccarello ended up with the puck. He centered a pass to Derick Brassard, who chipped in a shot.

Ryan McDonagh and Zuccarello scored first-period goals to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead.

Rangers 4, Kings 2 (5:10 left in second period)

The Rangers counter with another goal 11 seconds after the Kings cut their deficit to one.

The puck rolled behind the net, where goaltender Jonathan Quick tried to corral it. Rangers left wing Mats Zuccarellio ended up with it. He centered a pass to Derick Brassard, who chipped in a shot past a stumbling Quick.

Rangers 3, Kings 2 (5:11 left in second period)

The Kings answer with their own power-play goal.

With Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello sent off for tripping, the Kings worked the perimeter, with defenseman Willie Mitchell sending a shot through traffic and into the net.

Rangers 3, Kings 1 (7:32 left in second period)

The Kings were called for too many men on the ice, and the Rangers made them pay for it with a textbook play.

Derek Stepan brought the puck into the Kings' zone and waited for the the defenseman to commit. When he did, Stepan slipped a pass to Martin St. Louis, who buried the shot.

Rangers 2, Kings 1 (18:14 left in second period)

A Rangers turnover with goaltender Henrik Lundqvist down turns into the Kings' first goal.

Justin Williams came up with the puck and dropped a pass to Jarret Stoll, who slid a shot past defenseman Kevin Klein, who was trying to cover the net.

Lundqvist, who appeared to be ice blocking away from the goal, managed to reach back and touch the puck with his stick, which left Klein out of position to help.

Rangers 2, Kings 0 (end of first period)

Ryan McDonagh showed up to play today in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final series at Staples Center. That, in itself, had more to do with the New York Rangers leading the Kings, 2-0, after one period than anything else.

McDonagh scored one goal and assisted on the other. When not shooting, he was battering Kings players.It wasn’t the best period for the Kings’ Justin Williams. He inexplicably had the puck roll off his stick on a breakaway with the game scoreless. He then could have been credited with the second assist on the Rangers’ goal.

Williams handed the puck over, the Rangers' Dominic Moore fed Ryan McDonagh at the blue line, and McDonagh’s shot whizzed past goaltender Jonathan Quick for a 1-0 lead 10 minutes 48 seconds into the first period.

McDonagh showed up meaning business. Before scoring, he sent a couple messages to the Kings. He sent center Jeff Carter to the dressing room, briefly, after a check. He then clobbered forward Tyler Toffoli behind the net.

The Rangers took a 2-0 lead 18 minutes into the period, with McDonagh making it happen. His shot from the blue line bounced off teammate Mats Zuccarello, who was at the far post. The puck landed at Zuccarello’s feet and he tucked it into the net.

It is the third consecutive game the Kings fallen behind, 2-0. They won the previous two.

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist had nine saves in the first period, including snagging a shot at the last second on a shot Alec Martinez.

Rangers 2, Kings 0 (1:14 left in first period)

Ryan McDonagh again.

The Rangers defenseman fires a shot from the blue line that bounces off teammate Mats Zuccarello, who was at the post. The puck landed at Zuccarello’s feet and he tucked it into the net.

This is the third consecutive game the Kings have trailed, 2-0. They won the previous two in overtime, eliminating the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-3, in the Western Conference finals and taking Game 1 from the Rangers, 3-2.

Rangers 1, Kings 0 (9:12 left in first period)

The Kings' Justin Williams hands the puck over, the Rangers ' Dominic Moore feeds Ryan McDonagh at the blue line and McDonagh’s shot whizzes past goaltender Jonathan Quick to open the scoring in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final series tonight at Staples Center.

The Kings came back from 2-0 deficit in their last two games, beating the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-3 in overtime, in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals and the Rangers, 3-2 in overtime, in Game 1 on Wednesday.

Kings 0, Rangers 0 (early first period)

Kings center Jeff Carter hobbled to dressing room after taking a check from Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh.

Carter, who has nine goals and 23 points in the playoffs, appeared to be dragging his left leg. He returned to the bench after two minutes in the locker room.

Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final remains scoreless five minutes into the first period.

The Los Angeles Kings will be looking to put the New York Rangers in a big hole in the Stanley Cup Final by winning Game 2 this evening at Staples Center. Stay tuned here as we follow the game live.

The Kings won the opener, 3-2 in overtime, in the best-of-seven series on Wednesday by wiping out a two-goal, first-period deficit. Of course, the comeback wasn't a done deal until the Kings converted a New York turnover into a wide-open shot that right wing Justin Williams rocketed past goaltender Henrik Lundqvist just 4 1/2 minutes into the extra session.

The Rangers gained their early lead in Game 1 thanks to some sloppy play and mistakes by the Kings. New York was able to get some breakaway chances that they converted against Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.

"I think the biggest thing for us is make sure we don't give them the opportunity to use that speed," center Anze Kopitar said. "They're good players. They're going to make plays. We just have to limit those that come off our mishandles, our sloppy play."

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