Benoit Pouliot and Martin St. Louis scored to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 lead after two periods of Game 4 as they try to avoid elimination in the Stanley Cup finals against the Los Angeles Kings.
The Kings, who lead the best-of-seven National Hockey League championship series three games to none, are one victory from capturing their second title in three seasons.
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 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, 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 first goal less than 2 1/2 minutes later when Dustin Brown took the puck away from Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi and came in alone, slipping the puck past Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.