After getting out to a quick 2 – 0 lead, the Kings came back and took advantage of the many missed opportunities of the Rangers and win in overtime 3 – 2.
The Rangers came out at the start of the game looking very strong. The Rangers were able to beat the Kings by speed early on. Pouliot was able to get a breakaway and score the first goal of the game of the night. The Rangers followed it up less than 2 minutes later with Gagelin scoring on a backhand shot. Boyle and McDonagh got the Asst.
Sitting with a 2 – 0 lead and Lundqvist in net, the Rangers failed to capitalized and let the Kings back in this game. LA Kings Clifford scored on the wrist shot, two minutes after the Rangers goal in the first to cut the lead 2 – 1. Midway through the 2nd, Doughty scored a very impressive goal, tieing the game at 2.
The Rangers had way too many missed opportunities. The Rangers missing goals, bad passing, and not rushing hurt their chances of taking Game 1. The only reason the Rangers were still in this game was because of Henrick Lundqvist. The Rangers were outshot 20 – 3 in the 3rd period, not even getting their first shot on net in till the late 3rd period. You can thank Lundqvist for pushing this game into OT.
The Kings scored the winning goal in overtime by a snapshot scored by Justin Williams.
To give the Kings credit, this is not the first time this playoff they have come back from being down 2 – 0 in a game. Just look at the Kings-Blackhawks series, same thing happened there.
I do want to remind Rangers fans that during the 1994 Stanley Cup the Rangers lost Game 1, 3 – 2 so I hope that is a little reassuring.
Game 2 is Saturday Night at the Staples Center at 7:15 on NBCSN and on the radio 98.7 ESPN New York