Henrik Lundqvist stopped 40 shots, including 15 in the third period, and the New York Rangers avoided elimination from the Stanley Cup finals with a 2-1 victory against the visiting Los Angeles Kings.
Benoit Pouliot and Martin St. Louis scored for the Rangers. Dustin Brown had the only goal for Los Angeles, which outshot New York 15-1 in the final period at Madison Square Garden.
The Kings, who still lead the best-of-seven National Hockey League championship series three games to one, remain one win from capturing their second title in three seasons. Game 5 is June 13 in Los Angeles.
“He had to make some huge saves in the second and the third,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said of Lundqvist. “He got -- and we got -- a few bounces. You need those. Maybe the luck is changing a little bit.”
Pouliot gave the Rangers their first goal in more than two hours of game time. The goal, with seven minutes, 25 seconds gone in the game, came on a deflection two seconds after the Kings had finished killing off a Rangers power play.
The score was the first by New York since the second period of Game 2 on June 7, a span of 123 minutes, 1 second of game time. The Kings had outscored the Rangers 6-0 in that span, including two overtime periods in Game 2.
St. Louis’s goal 6:27 into the second period made it 2-0. He grabbed a loose puck that had squirted between the legs of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick and flipped it over Quick’s stick and into the net.
The Kings got their goal less than 2 1/2 minutes later when Brown took the puck away from Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi and came in alone, slipping the puck past Lundqvist.
New York has now won eight consecutive home playoff games when facing elimination, an NHL record. Lundqvist is averaging one goal against in those games.
“We wanted to close it out tonight and we weren’t able to do it,” Kings forward Anze Kopitar told reporters. “Now we have a desperate team coming into our building.”