June 8 (Bloomberg) -- Dustin Brown deflected a shot past New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist midway through the second overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a 5-4 win against the Rangers and a two-games-to-none lead in the Stanley Cup finals.
The host Kings rallied three times from two-goal deficits while notching their second straight overtime win in the National Hockey League’s championship series. Los Angeles has never led in the series -- except for on the game-winning goals.
“We all battled, I battled,” Lundqvist told reporters. “When you play five periods, obviously the difference is not very big.”
The Kings scored twice in the third period last night to tie the game after the Rangers had scored two goals in each of the first two periods to take a 4-2 lead.
The Kings won the series opener 3-2 in overtime June 4 in Los Angeles. Game 3 in the best-of-seven series is set for tomorrow night at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Brown’s game-winning goal came after Anze Kopitar got the puck to Willie Mitchell, whose shot from the point was deflected into the net with 10 minutes, 26 seconds gone in the second 20-minute overtime period.
“Every shot’s a good shot in OT and it turned out to be that way,” Kopitar told reporters. “Usually, it’s not a very pretty goal, and that’s what happened tonight.”
Ryan McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello scored goals in the opening period to give the Rangers an early two-goal lead for the second straight game.
McDonagh opened the scoring midway through the period on a slapshot from the point, and Zuccarello made it 2-0 with 74 seconds left in the first period when he jammed a rebound past Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick.
The Kings got their first goal less than two minutes into the second period when Lundqvist slipped while trying to get back to his net after stopping a shot and Jarret Stoll knocked a loose puck into the goal.
New York regained its two-goal lead midway through the period on a power play when Martin St. Louis finished off a two-on-one rush with Derek Stepan by scoring his seventh goal of the 2014 playoffs.
Los Angeles answered with its own power-play goal on a shot from the point by Mitchell, but New York’s Derick Brassard scored 11 seconds later to make it 4-2.
Dwight King tipped a shot past Lundqvist in the opening two minutes of the third period to pull the Kings within 4-3, and Marian Gaborik tied the game with 12 1/2 minutes left in regulation time off a scramble in front of the New York net.
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