The Los Angeles Kings have to wait another game to try to clinch the Stanley Cup, and it is all thanks to one man, New York Rangers goalie, Henrik Lundqvist.
The final games have been a battle of the goalies, Quick versus Lundqvist, and who will blink first.
The Kings loss was not through a lack of effort, they were shell shocking Lundqvist the entire game, more than doubling the Rangers shots. The shot discrepancy was 41 to 19 favoring the Kings, and if they can repeat that effort, they will hoist the Cup in game 5.
The third period, with a score of two to one, gave viewers some phenomenal, edge of your seat hockey, with the Kings clamoring to put in the equalizer. They outshot the Rangers 15 to one. True to hockey, the referees let both teams play in the third, not interfering by calling ticky tack penalties, which could have altered the final.
The Kings had two chances, where they were inches away from a goal, but the puck stopped right on the goal line, refusing to move another inch.
Kings star defenseman Drew Doughty said of the incidents:
“There were two like that tonight. That was the difference in this game.”
Had either of those gone in, the Kings would have most likely won, because the Rangers were not on the offensive whatsoever in the third period.
The Rangers were due for some luck in this series, but they cannot rely on the puck stopping on the line twice. If they want to extend the series they need to win more faceoffs, and give the puck away less. They will not make it to game six if they come out complacent after scoring once or twice.
The three stars of this game were:
Three stars, Kings left wing Tanner Pearson with eight shots and four hits
Two stars to Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis with a goal on three shots and one hit.
And finally the star of the game, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, with only one goal against 41 shots and a .976 save percentage.
The Rangers visit the Kings for game five on Friday at eight pm eastern time.
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