The Los Angeles Kings will try and take a 2-0 series lead against the New York Rangers before the Stanley Cup Final transitions to New York For games three and four of their series.
The Kings took game one three nights ago in dramatic fashion thanks to an overtime game winner by Justin Williams. Before Williams riffled a shot over the shoulder of Henrik Lundqvist for the series lead, the Kings battled back from an 0-2 hole to force the game into overtime.
The Kings are going into tonight’s game on the heels of another big game by their big names. Drew Doughty tied the game at two in the second period with a highlight reel goal. While Jeff Carter assisted on the Kings’ opening goal, which shifted the momentum away from the Rangers after they took a 2-0 lead.
In order for the Kings to get another win they will have to watch the speed that the Rangers possess. Both of the goals that New York scored was due to bursts of speed by the Rangers. The first was scored on a clear cut breakaway by Benoit Pouliot and the second was scored on a partial breakaway and lucky bounce for Carl Hagelin. The Kings can’t afford to let the Rangers to get a step on them when breaking out.
Jonathan Quick will have to be stellar again and outperform Lundqvist. Outside of the two goals that Quick gave up, goals that can be credited to other’s faults, he turned away 25-shots.
The Kings have played with fire during these playoffs having gone down 0-2 in a game and won that game three times during these playoffs. They have made things hard on themselves through out this post season, let’s see if they can make a game easy on themselves tonight.
Puck drop is scheduled for 4 p.m. local time.