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NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Game 1 ends in overtime thriller

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The Los Angeles Kings might want to change their name next year to the "Comeback Kings".

After forcing 3 seven-game series, the Kings have made it to the Stanley Cup Finals.

In similar style, the first game of this thrilling series saw the Kings fall into a two-goal deficit against the New York Rangers. The Kings battled back and scored the equalizer in stunning fashion from Drew Doughty, sending the game into overtime. 

Kings' coach, Darryl Sutter, clearly stirred a fire in the hearts of his men during the intermission. After just 4:36 of free hockey played, Justin Williams scored the game-winning goal to edge the Kings out to a 1-0 series lead. 

With the second game being played at the Staples Center and the level of play that was displayed yesterday, there is no telling how this series will end. The Kings looked dynamic in applying pressure accumulating forty shots on goal, but Lundqvist looked up to the task in providing a reliable force in the net for the Rangers saving 37 out of 40 shots. The Kings pressure proved to be vital to their win. They threw the Rangers onto their heels in the final two periods. This included an absolute array of shots in the third, dotting up 20 shots to the Rangers' 3 becoming the first team to tally 20 shots in a Stanley Cup Finals period in 16 years.

Both teams are full of play makers including Rangers' Martin St. Louis, who was acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning this season and has provided an immediate impact on their lineup. The Kings were up to the task of shutting him down, however, only allowing two shots from the speedy wing as well as adding to insult to injury by scoring with their own playmaker, Drew Doughty, who pulled the puck between his legs by two defenders and shot five-hole for the goal.

Its safe to say this series will be one for the ages. There has never been a team that has one 3 consecutive seven-game series in one playoff and to cap that off with a Stanley Cup would be historic. The Rangers, on the other hand, have not made the Stanley Cup Finals since 1994 in which they defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games. Both teams are hungry for the cup, but only time will tell which team will prevail.

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